The Amazing Life Of Buzz Aldrin

by Daniel Russ on August 31, 2010

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Buzz Aldrin. Born in 1930 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, was the second man to set foot in the moon on July 20th 1969. What’s even more incredible is his life previously.  During the Korean War, Aldrin flew 66 combat missions in F-86 fighters. He shot down two MIG-15s and LIFE magazine featured gun camera footage of the MIG pilot punching out. Aldrin served as an aerial gunner instructor at Nellis Air Force Base and then was assigned to the post of aide to the dean of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

In Bitburg Germany, Aldin served again in the role of fighter pilot flying F-100 Super Sabers with the 22nd fighter squadron.

Then he earned his PH.D in Astronautics at MIT. Afterward he became part of the Gemini program. The rest is history.

F-86 F-100 Super Sabre MIG 15

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DR Fanon April 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

MIG 15
The Angel of the October Revolution.
How can I own one?
How can I learn to fly one?

David Raymond September 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I had the unique experience to have a grandfather that was a senior master seargent at Barnes AnG, Westfield Mass. On certain days I was allowed to wander around the hanger as a 10 year old and sat in an F86 and F-100. If General Stefanik knew of this, the shit would have hit the fan. FUBAR

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