Retired NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong (L), commander of the Apollo 11 mission and the first man to walk on the moon, and retired astronaut Capt. Eugene Cernan (C), commander of Apollo 17 mission, testify on Capitol Hill May 12, 2010 in …
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CINCINNATI - Although most of us remember Neil Armstrong as the first man to set foot on the moon in 1969, the former astronaut left quite a legacy for himself throughout the Tri-State.
Armstrong lived in Indian Hill at the time of his death.
He served on many local boards and taught at the University of Cincinnati in its aerospace engineering department in the 1970s.
A former colleague, Gary Slater, said even a few short years after landing on the moon, Armstrong was rarely heard talking to other faculty or students about his space experiences.
"I went to Neil to talk about flying. He was a very unassuming guy and had no ego," Slater said.
Slater remembers that Armstrong got UC officials to buy a police-seized drug plane that he used to take students up to learn about flying and testing planes.
Armstrong was also on the board of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science and even served as board chairman. On Sunday, the museum offered free admission all day in honor of Armstrong.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Neil Armstrong," said museum leaders in a statement. "He was a long time friend and advisor... In 2004, Armstrong was honorary co-chair and spokesman for the Union Terminal Operating Levy campaign."
"Neil has been an inspiration to so many, here locally and around the world," added Douglass McDonald, president and CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Armstrong is also credited with helping to popularize the airline code for Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Airport. The airport got the handle 'CVG' because it is close to Covington.
The airport's website says while Armstrong served on its board, he often said that CVG stood for "Cincinnati Very Good." Because of Armstrong, many still refer to the airport as CVG.
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