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Neil Armstrong honoured by the Guild of Air Pilots

The Guild of Air Pilots has presented the Guild’s Award of Honour to Neil Armstrong.

The Guild Award of Honour is presented on rare occasions “to individuals who have made an outstanding lifetime contribution to aviation.”

Mr Armstrong flew over from his home in Cincinatti especially to receive the Award - which was presented at a ceremony at the London Guildhall attended by more than 500 pilots. Now aged 76, he still has a very busy schedule and had to fly back the next day because of other commitments in the United States.

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Neil Armstrong is one of aviation’s ‘household names’. He is one of the few people in the world who requires no introduction and one of the few who have literally seen the world from a different perspective.

From 1949 to 1952, Neil Armstrong served as a naval aviator, flying 78 combat missions during the Korean War. He subsequently joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, NASA's predecessor, as a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, where he was a project pilot on many pioneering high speed aircraft, including the 4,000 mph X-15.
He has flown over 200 different types of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters, and gliders.

In 1962, he was transferred to astronaut status and served as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission, launched in March 1966, and performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space. In 1969, he was commander of Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, and gained the uniquely famous distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the Moon and the first man to step on its surface.

Following this, he held the position of Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics at NASA Headquarters Office of Advanced Research and Technology, after which he resigned from NASA in 1971.

From 1971-1979, he was Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where he was involved in both teaching and research. Currently, he serves as Chairman of AIL Systems.

Neil obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and holds an honorary doctorate from a number of universities.

He is the recipient of many special honours, including the Presidential Medal for Freedom in 1969 and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978.
For his outstanding lifetime contribution to aviation and the advancement of the aerospace profession, Neil Armstrong is awarded the Guild’s Award of Honour.
Even to be in the same room as the first man to walk on the moon was an honour - to hear him talk to us about it was very special.


The respect and awe in which he's still held was very obvious. He received the longest standing ovation of the evening and many of us were lucky enough to shake the hand of our boyhood hero.

Tudor Owen

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.. and he did a damn fine TV documentary series about flight which I never missed.

an extraordinary man.
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One of the bravest men on earth and of course the moon. Congargulations to a gallant hero and gentleman.
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I didn't manage a handshake, but nevertheless it was very humbling to even be sharing dinner in the same room as such a great aviation icon.

Thoroughly deserved... A great man!

And well done to Tudor for spreading the news of this award.
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Indeed a fine fellow, and one who is proud of his Scottish Ancestry...
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I have a photo with him in Edinburgh about 12 years ago, a very humble man who seemed surprised why anyone would want their photo take with him, a real gent, I met many 'famous' people in my time at Edi airport but he was the one guy I really wanted to meet. The accolade is well deserved
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More reports from the Neil Armstrong presentation >> Here

Other awards >> Here
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I was talking to someone a couple of days ago about the fact that everyone knows Neil Armstrong's name as the first man to set foot on the Moon but many have difficulty in remembering the names of the second and subsequent astronauts who followed?

Perhaps, because he is such a special aviator, Neil Armstrong is the one man who can truly represent ALL those intrepid aviators who have gone into orbit and made that perilous journey to the Moon. In so doing, when we remember his name we also remember all the others too and indeed the hundreds and thousands to come.

I cannot think of a finer gentleman to receive the Guild's most prestigious award.
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Glad to hear that real one got this recognition for all he has done for aviation !

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Relevant threads of the great mans demise seem to be locked.

Photos of his burial at sea ceremony.

BARNSTORMERS.COM eFLYER - Neil Armstrong Buried at Sea
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They are probably locked for very good reason. Having photos of his burial at sea on the internet is IMHO the last thing he would have wanted.
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His family don't share your opinion:
The following photos were authorized by the Armstrong family. May you greatly enjoy these, and give thanks to a very brave man who was the first to walk on the moon, but who walked the earth with profound integrity and humility.
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