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What happened to Neil Armstrong after landing on the moon?

by John M. White |

Professor Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong said "... and this guy has some real good dope." At first we were stunned, then burst out in uncontrollable laughter.

Professor Armstrong at the University of Cincinnati

Neil Armstrong was a faculty member of the University of Cincinnati Aerospace Engineering from 1971 to 1979. Having landed on the moon in 1969 only 2 years later he found himself as a professor teaching others about Aerospace Design, Aircraft Performance and Flight Testing. For example, one of his questions on a quiz had to do with the 1903 Wright Flyer and why it had a tendency to dart up and down resulting in a short flight. The question was why did it behave in this way. The correct answer was that the forward-mounted pitch control pivoted at 50% of it's chord, making it inherently unstable.

Oh, "real good dope"

Apparently Mr. Armstrong's sense of humor (or lack thereof) did not understand the prevailing drug use on college campuses back in the day. But wouldn't it have been great to be in his classes and share his incredible knowledge about aerospace and aviation?

Professor Armstrong - learning from an airplane geek and astronaut

Dan Littmann of Air Facts wrote a fascinating article about Neil Armstrong and his experience taking classes from Professor Armstrong at the University of Cincinnati. What a wonderful experience that must have been, and the article reveals a lot about a quiet American hero who was the first man on the moon. The article is a great read and I highly recommend it to you. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!

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