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NASA renames Dryden research centre after Neil Armstrong

NASA has renamed its Dryden Flight Research Center (pictured) at Edwards AFB after Neil Armstrong, who served as a test pilot at the centre from 1955 to 1962, amassing more than 2,400 flight hours in 48 types, including the X-15.

After Apollo 11, Armstrong served as NASA's deputy associate administrator for aeronautics, overseeing research at Dryden including early work on digital flight control.

Hugh Dryden, a pioneering aerodynamicist and NASA’s deputy administrator until his death in 1965, remains memorialised at the centre – the 3.1m ha (7.7m acre) Western Aeronautical Test Range is now the Dryden Aeronautical Test Range.

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