WAPAKONETA (WTVG) - Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon July 20, 1969. His dreams took flight when he was a young boy growing up in Wapakoneta. In fact, he had a pilot's license before he had a driver's license.
The Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta honors Armstrong and all the Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity. It's home to an incredible collection of artifacts and pieces of history connected to the American space program.
The Gemini 8 space capsule is on display along with a suit Armstrong wore in space. His Apollo 11 back-up suit is part of the collection as well as a moon rock.
There are also items connected to Armstrong's boyhood. The first plane he flew is there. The Skylancer jet he flew as part of a NASA test program greets visitors outside.
The museum and the town will host a number of activities and events this July to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.