Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Warren Airways, in Warren, Ohio was the place where Neil Armstrong's love of aviation began. On July 26. 1936 Neil Armstrong took his first airplane ride in a Ford Tri- Motor aircraft at the age of 6.

This "first flight" was the beginning of a long and very successful career in aviation and space exploration. It was the "first step" in his thirty-three year aviation and space career which culminated with him being the first human being to set foot on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969.

Although Warren Airways no longer exists, Pete Perich, a local Warren photographer and businessman, secured land on the site of the former airport and with a team of volunteers, erected a half scale Lunar Module. The Lunar Module serves many purposes. It recognizes Warren native Neil Armstrong and honors his space career. It stands as a testament to the spirit and talent of all Americans. Most importantly, it is an educational resource and an inspiration to children to follow their dreams.

Neil Armstrong personally reviewed and assisted in the dedication of the First Flight Lunar Module at a ceremony on October 30, 2003. Neil stated that the replica Lunar Module was one of the finest he had ever seen.

Pete Perich, the volunteers and staff of the First Flight Lunar Module believe Warren, Ohio and the site of the Lunar Module is the real home of Astronaut Neil Armstrong's aviation and space career. As such, they will be holding a Celebration of Life Tribute to Neil Armstrong on Wednesday, August 29th at noon. The Lunar Module is located at 2553 Parkman Road, Warren, Ohio 44485.

Hosting the tribute will be Linda Perich Carpenter, co-developer of the project, Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, Warren Councilman Eddie Colbert, Reverend James Holbrook, representatives from the American Legion and the entire Lunar Module committee.

Please take time on Wednesday, August 29th to join your fellow Americans to celebrate the life and legacy of Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

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