That career included flying more than 900 research flights, including flights in the X-1B and X-15 rocket planes. Armstrong made seven flights in the famed X-15, reaching top speeds of nearly 4,000 mph and altitudes of more than 207,000 feet. Tickets for the event are $20 each and can be purchased by calling the Board of Trade office at (661) 942-9581. Seating is limited to 500 people. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served before the program. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The program will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Essex House, 44916 10th St. W. Hansen, a history professor at Auburn University and a former NASA historian, will be available to sign copies of his book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.” The book, published by Simon and Schuster, will be released Tuesday. The book is the only biography that Armstrong has sanctioned and participated in, Board of Trade officials said. Hansen will be the featured speaker at a symposium for NASA Dryden Flight Research Center employees earlier that same day. Before gaining fame as an astronaut, Armstrong was a combat veteran of the Korean War and had a remarkable career as a research pilot at NASA Dryden. LANCASTER – Neil Armstrong’s days as a research pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, before he became world famous as the first man to walk on the moon, will be talked about by former colleagues at a Nov. 17 program hosted by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade. Former test pilots William Dana and Stanley Butchart, plus Armstrong biographer James Hansen, will participate in “Above the High Desert: Local Stories from the Career of Neil Armstrong.” “This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear stories about Armstrong’s career as a research pilot,” said Cathy Hart, executive director of the Board of Trade. Armstrong has been invited to the event, but it is not known if he will participate.