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they forgot the most important ones relative to the space program: the Gemini 8 Agena mission and the LEM protoype trainer. The Gemini 8 docking maneuver nearly turned into a loss of both crewman which Armstrong under coolness got it squared away just in time. On the LEM trainer (basically a large jet engine underneath a truck) something seriously went wrong on one flight and Armstrong quickly escaped before it crashed. Add both of these up and he was a good candidate for being number one on the moon.
Got to be the X-15. Think about the lack of technology back then and the things that a few men accomplished. God Speed Mr. Armstrong.
A statement declaring somebody being the 'Best Pilot in the World' makes no sense. It is more about being properly vetted, trained by the best available trainers in the best organization available, and have some very good luck! I have seen a few No 1s in their class kill themselves in a split second of unfortunate circumstances that cut their careers very short. Some of them might have reached the moon too! But NOBODY can replace Neil Armstrong for being the first to set foot on the moon. I saw it live in black and white and realized I watched the most important event in human history as far as I was concerned. Neil Armstrong and the like kept us all glued to the TV whenever they blasted off. Still having an excitement filled career of some 15.000 flight hours later, I still say they represented aviation's 'finest hour',- after all, they were all aviators then!
I have heard from the best..that Neil Armstrong is the best pilot they have ever known.
Chuck Yeager is actually said to be the best pilot ever but I'll agree to disagree my fellow aviator.
Chuck Yeager even flew with Neil Armstong...Once. Their T-33 got stuck in a dry lake bed that wasn't totally dry.
I read about that