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Neil Armstrong, the Navy Pilot and the first person to walk on the Moon

Neil Armstrong, the Navy Pilot and the first person to walk on the Moon

Many people know the name of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the Moon’s surface. But Neil also used to be a US Navy pilot, flying many combat missions off the USS Essex (CV-9), reaching the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade (“JayGee“) before retiring from active service in the late 1950-ies. He became a test pilot for the Air Force and later for NASA. After some time he became a space pilot…

His last mission in Space was as Commander of Apollo 11 in July 1969. During this mission he became the first person to step foot on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Neil was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. One of the stories about Neil was that just before reentering the lunar module after Apollo 11’s EVA, Armstrong made the enigmatic remark, “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.” When Neil was a boy, Mr. Gorsky was his neighbor in Wapakoneta. One day while playing ball in the backyard, young Neil heard Mrs. Gorsky shout at Mr. Gorsky: “Oral sex! You want oral sex? You’ll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!

Well, the “boy next door” did walk on the moon. His neighbor didn’t get any though, since apparently this was all a joke invented by Buddy Hackett, the comedian.

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US Navy Veteran Tribute page for Neil Armstrong

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2015 in History, Navy, Space

 

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