Who was Neil Armstrong?
Neil Armstrong was born on a farm on August 5, 1930. He wanted to be a pilot at an early age. He was 5 years old when he first went on an aeroplane. His father took him on an aeroplane called a Ford Trimotor (also known as The Tin Goose).

Neil liked to read lots of books and build model aeroplanes. He could fly an aeroplane before he could drive a car. He was 15 years old when he got his pilot's license.

Neil could fly over 200 different types of aircraft such as jets, helicopters, gliders and rockets.


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Gemini 8
Neil went on his first mission into space on March 16, 1966. He was the pilot of a spacecraft called Gemini 8.

The mission was cut short but all of the crew made it back to Earth safely.