This portrait by Woodi Ishmael depicts Neil Armstrong and his father at Warren Airways. The painting was commissioned by Pete Perich in 1970.
Neil Armstrong and his family made their home in Warren, Ohio, for a time when he was a young boy. An interest in flying developed at an early age and on July 26, 1936, at the age of 6, young Neil and his father, Stephen, embarked on his first flight in a Ford Tri-Motor airplane – a Tin Goose – from Warren Airways on Parkman Road, now the site of the Apollo 11 First Flight Lunar Module.
Thirty-three years later on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history with his first flight in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module and became the first man to walk on the moon. His famous words from that historic day, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” will live on for eternity.
A Dream Becomes Reality
Neil’s achievements and ties to the local community inspired retired area photographer Pete Perich’s dream to create a memorial honoring Armstrong. Through the vision of Pete’s daughter, Linda Carpenter, and the technical assistance of Lisa Goetsch, the long-time dream began to become a reality in the summer of 2001.
The First Flight 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 the Warren community. Most importantly, it is an educational resource and an inspiration to children to follow their dreams.