Ohio's Armstrong Air & Space Museum Set Expansion Groundbreaking
WAPAKONETA, OHIO — July 20, 2018
The Armstrong Air & Space Museum in western Ohio will hold a ceremony for an expansion to the facility named for astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer. He was also a Naval Aviator, test pilot, and university professor. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to walk on the moon. He developed a fascination with flight at an early age and earned his student pilot's license when he was 16.
Astronaut Robert Springer and Armstrong's son, Mark Armstrong, will be among the speakers at Friday's groundbreaking in Wapakoneta.
According to the museum officials, the expansion will include a classroom with updated technology and space for educators to film programs that students may access online from any location.
Also there will be organized free lessons for scholars and students on the creation of engines, equipment and flight lessons.
The expansion also will include updated exhibits including the addition of the F5D Skylancer cockpit.
Officials are working to complete the expansion phase by July 2019 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The museum and Ohio History Connection will celebrate the anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon next year.
The Douglas Aircraft Company built four F5D-1 Skylanders. They were built for the Navy as an all-weather fighter interceptor that never made production.
NASA's Flight Research Center obtained two F5D-1 Skylanders in 1961. F5D-1 NASA 212 and F5D-1 NASA 213, later becoming NASA 708 and NASA 802 respectively.