Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong's Life

Neil Armstrong Born

August 5, 1930

Neil Armstrong was born in a farmhouse in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Neil Armstrong's First Air Show


Neil went to his first air show (National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio) at age two.

Neil Armstrong's First Flight


Neil Armstrong goes on his first flight aboard a Ford Tri-Motor in Warren, Ohio.

Neil Armostrong Earns Pilot's License


At age 16 Neil received his pilot's license.

Neil Armstrong Goes to College


Neil attended Purdue University in Indiana on a Navy Scholarship.

Neil Armstrong Begins Active Service in the Navy


Attended Navy Flight School in Pensecola, Florida.

Neil Armstrong Serves in Korean War

August 1950 - 1952

Neil flew 78 combat missions with USS Essex. He would use a Grumman F9F Panther to scout strike locations.

Neil Armstrong Graduates from Navy Flight School

August 1950

Neil earns his wings with the Navy.

Neil Armstrong Returns to College

September 1952

Neil returned to Purdue University

Neil Armstrong Marries Janet Shearon


Eric Armstrong Born


Karen Armstrong Born


Neil Armstrong Flies X-15

December 1960 - July 1962

Neil worked on and flew the experimental rocket plane.

Karen Armstrong Dies

January 1962

Karen died of brain cancer.

Neil Armstrong is Chosen as an Astronaut

September 17,1962

Gemini 8 Launches

March 16, 1966

Gemini 8 Docks

March 16, 1966

Gemini 8 Splashdown

March 17, 1966

Emergency Landing

Apollo 1 Astronauts Die

January 27, 1967

Neil Armstrong's Training Craft Crashes

May 6, 1968

The craft designed to mimic a lunar lander malfunctioned and crashed.

Apollo 8 Orbits the Moon

December 1968

Apollo 11 Launches

July 16, 1969

Neil Armstrong Walks on the Moon

July 20, 1969

Apollo 11 Splashdown

July 24, 1969

Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati

1971 - 1979

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Peace Corps

1971 - 1973

Chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc.

1982 - 1992

Member of the National Commission on Space

1985 - 1986

Neil Armstrong Marries Carol Held Knight


Neil Armstrong Divorces Janet Sharon


Neil Armstrong Dies

August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong passes away in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The World

What was happening in the world at the same time?

Great Depression Ends


Economy Recovers

Worl War II

Sep 1, 1939 - Sep 2, 1945

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor

Cold War

1947 - 1991

Chuck Yeager Breaks Sound Barrier

October 14, 1947

Chuck Yeager flies an experimental Bell X-1 at supersonic speeds for the first time.

Korean War

June 25, 1950 - July 27 1953

The United States aids South Korea in fighting off the invading North Koreans aided by China.

Sputnik Launched

October 4, 1957

First satellite

Sputnik 2

November 3, 1957

Sputnik 2 Launches with a dog named Laika aboard.

NASA Created

July 29, 1958

JFK Elected President

November 08, 1960

Yuri Gagarin is the first man in Space

April 12, 1961

The USSR launches Yuri who orbits the Earth.

Alan Shepard is the First American in Space

May 5, 1961

JFK Assasinated

November 22, 1963

JFK killed in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Martin Luther King Killed

April 4, 1968

First Space Shuttle Lunch

April 12, 1981

Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off exactly 20 years after the first manned spaceflight.

Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

January 28, 1986

ISS Built

1998 - 2011

9/11 Attacks


Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

February 1, 2003