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    X-15: Neil Armstrong Pre-Astronaut Biographical Press Release from the NASA Flight Research Center Directly From The Armstrong Family Collection™, Certified and Encapsulated by Collectibles Authentication Guaranty. An interesting one-page bio, 8.5" x 11", circa 1962, describing Neil A. Armstrong's activities and life up through his participation in the X-15 program at Edwards, California. Full transcript online. Excellent, sealed in a numbered archival holder. This lot will include a Statement of Provenance signed by Neil Armstrong's sons, Rick and Mark.

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    One of five active pilots assigned to the X-15 research program, Neil A. Armstrong joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1955, Later that year, he transferred to the Flight Research Center as an aeronautical research pilot.


    Armstrong has been actively engaged in both piloting and engineering aspects of the X-15 program since its inception, He completed the first flight in the aircraft equipped with a new flow-direction sensor and the initial flight in an X-15 equipped with a self-adaptive flight control system, He has worked closely with designers and engineers in development of the adaptive system, During an X-15 flight on January 17, 1962, he reached a speed of 3715 m,p,h., Mach 5,25, and an altitude of 133,000 feet, both high marks of his career.


    Prior to coming with NASA, Armstrong attended Purdue University, earning his B.S. degree in aeronautical engineering in 1955.


    During the Korean War he flew 78 combat missions in F9F-2 jet fighters, He was awarded the Air Medal and two Gold Stars.


    Since joining the NASA, Armstrong has served as project pilot on the F-100A and C aircraft, F-1010, F4H and the F-104A, He also has flown the X-1B and X-5 of the research airplane series, in addition to his flight experience in the X-15, He has accumulated 2400 flying hours in over 50 aircraft types.


    Recently Armstrong has been actively engaged in studying Dyna Soar approaches and abort maneuvers through use of an F5D jet aircraft, He has been a member of the USAF-NASA Dyna Soar Pilot Consultant Group since November 1960.


    Armstrong is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the American Rocket Society and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences.


    A native of Wapakoneta, Ohio, where he was born on August 5, 1930, Armstrong resides with his wife and son in Juniper Hills, Calif.

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