Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree
Neil Armstrong was an aviator. He flew everything heavier-than-airâ€”even gliders. He never boasted, never lobbied to be the first to walk on the moon, yet it would be difficult to find another who achieved as much in a lifetime.
Once when we were talking about his first step on the lunar surface, I told Neil that I was not normally a jealous person, but for him I would make an exception.
He was never comfortable with fame, hated talking about himself, so how do you write a book about Neil Armstrongâ€™s life of flight?
It helps if you are Jay Barbree, a friend and a pilot.
Barbree covered every one of our spaceflights for the NBC networks, all 166, and Neil wrote, â€œJay Barbree is one of the worldâ€™s most experienced space journalists devoted to getting it right, and he does.â€
This is the story of Neil Armstrong from the time he flew combat missions in the Korean War, flew a rocket plane called the X-15 to the edge of space, saved his Gemini 8 by flying the first emergency return from Earth orbit, and then flew Apollo 11 to the moonâ€™s Sea of Tranquility. There he made the first footprints on someplace other than Earth.
If you turn the page, I think you will be pleased.
|May 30, 2020
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