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Neil Armstrong

To the Editor:

It’s been said that records are there to be broken, unless, of course, you’re talking about a first. In aviation, we have such firsts at the Wright brother’s first powered flight, or Charles Lindberg and his solo flight across the Atlantic to Paris. And Neil Armstrong putting the first footprint on the moon. That one “small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” will stand forever.

Many of us remember those TV pictures from that July day in 1969, and most of us are still awed by that event. We felt great pride in our country and in the people who made that event possible. That’s why last Saturday’s loss of Neil Armstrong has been so keenly felt.

In aviation, we say that when a pilot dies that they have “gone west.”  What that means is that if you climb to the right altitude, and travel westbound at just the right speed, the sun never sets. Neil Armstrong was one of the few who had to actually slow down to match that critical westbound speed. He was a hero who’s name shall never be forgotten.

Wayne A. Moreland
Keizer