The 11 biggest myths about Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon

  • ​Myth #2

    Neil Armstrong was a test pilot at the Dryden Flight Research Center in the 1950s and early '60s. He is seen here operating the Iron Cross Attitude Simulator reaction controls simulating the X-15. Photo: NASA

    Myth: As a young man Neil, a native of Wapakoneta, Ohio, once met Dayton's Orville Wright and had a long conversation with him about the Wright brothers' invention of the airplane. Orville died on January 30, 1948, when Neil was 17 years old. Neil earned his pilot's license at age 16 in 1946 and by 1948 had made, among others, a solo flight over Dayton to Cincinnati, but "I never had the pleasure of meeting Orville Wright."