‘Birthplace of aviation’ more than a slogan
OHIO — Half a century after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, Adrian Rivera is working to follow in his footsteps.
Originally from a small town in Puerto Rico, Rivera moved to Ohio to pursue a college education almost 70 years after Armstrong found his way to Purdue University. Today, he’s working on small-scale replicas of the Saturn V rocket that launched Armstrong to the moon.
“His life story is why I try to do the best I can,” Rivera said as he stood close to a medley of high-tech equipment at Kent State University. “You can pick anyone in this building, and they have been inspired by Armstrong.”
Brought to Ohio by following the aerospace dreams of Armstrong, Rivera is working to stand with the next generation of aerospace engineers in the Buckeye state, and due to aviation pioneers, he’ll most likely be on firm footing. With epicenters of manufacturing and research scattered throughout the state, the “Birthplace of aviation” is more than just a slogan.