House Resolution H.R. 667 / Public Law 113-75 was implemented on March 1, 2014, naming the Center as the NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center.
Neil Armstrong flew as an NACA/NASA Research Pilot in California from 1955-1962. Armstrong was one of the first three NASA pilots to fly the X-15. On July 20, 1969, he piloted the Lunar Module “Eagle” to a Moon landing and became the first person ever to step on the surface of another planetary body, a moment remembered by many as the crowning achievement of his career. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Although today Armstrong is best known for his role as a NASA astronaut, in this homage, his colleagues appreciate him for his excellence as an engineer, test pilot, and for his personal life-long commitment to education.