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mensax
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posted 06-16-2006 07:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't recall ever hearing or reading from anyone what it was like to have Neil Armstrong as a professor. He must have had hundreds, if not thousands of students during his time as a professor. That seems odd to me.

And not a single "Neil Armstrong graded testpaper" or "Chaulk used by Armstrong" has been listed on Ebay. Was Neil really careful not to generate memorabilia? Or were his students respectful... or clueless to who he was?

413 is in
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posted 06-16-2006 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alas, Armstrong's tenure as a professor was ultimately staged in a film studio and never really happened.

Actually, I have wondered this same thing and would be interested in hearing any theories as to why this material has apparently not entered the market place. I don't think his students were "clueless" but if they performed as well as I did during my college days, perhaps they have destroyed all evidence! That's my theory.

capoetc
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posted 06-16-2006 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know a guy who is a flight test engineer at Edwards and who got an aerospace engineering degree at Univ of Cincinatti during Armstrong's tenure.

I asked him about whether he had any classes taught by Neil Armstrong:

He said that Armstrong did not teach very many classes... he never had an opportunity to be in one of his classes, and the folks he knew who had a class with him said that graduate assistants or stand-in professors taught many of the sessions.

Keep in mind that this is only one data point, however...

413 is in
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posted 06-16-2006 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One more data point and we can draw a line, two more and we can do a best fit!

Seriously, what I wouldn't give to be able to say that I studied under Armstrong (even if it was for just one lecture).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-16-2006 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mensax:
I don't recall ever hearing or reading from anyone what it was like to have Neil Armstrong as a professor.
I don't have the book before me to cite, but I know that Jim Hansen did speak with at least one or two of Armstrong's students for First Man and that a chapter in the book deals with his time as a professor.

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-20-2006 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like those above, I had often wondered about those that attended one of Professor Armstrong's classes. Turns out that I work for one of those individuals.

He took a class on the subject of Flight Testing Aircraft with Neil as the professor. He stated that the material was dry but Professor Armstrong would explain the presented material by relating a test flight story and those were always interesting. Such as the time that Neil put an F-104 into a flat spin from 80, 000 feet, his words were to the effect that "after loosing 60,000 feet of altitude he became concerned!" Thus the equations became real that day.

As for any material from the class, well as it was told to me "I never thought to keep it" (and at that point he kicks himself). There may be a box in the attic somewhere and he said he would look for it, but he is a busy man and I am not holding my breath.

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