End of an era

Dear Editor:The words "end of an era," "iconic" and "coincidence" are not often used to describe a historic event, but the death of Neil Armstrong and the demolishment of the plant that designed and built the space craft (Apollo 11) that took Armstrong (along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) to the moon truly fits this timing. The Apollo space craft was specifically built to take a man to the moon. Building 1 (and others) of the old North American Aviation plan was the chosen location in Downey. Men and women of the surrounding area designed, fabricated and tested the Apollo. Some workers spent 45-50 years in the space program. All is now gone. The space craft, the plant where it was built, the man that fulfilled the Apollo's mission and many of the folks that fabricated the "bird." Truly the end of an era. Marsh Gullett Norwalk

********** Published: August 30, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 20