cool, calm, and consummately competent, there was no swagger in Armstrong; no posturing bravado, no self aggrandizing vanity.
In test piloting an Earth powered prototype of the lunar lander he managed to compensate for a bad control and bring it down, and did the same in a spinning out of control Gemini 8. That is largely why he got tapped for the moon landing... how cogently he corrected in even the most fearful crisis.
He lived a life not unlike a founding father.
Serving admirably. Accomplishing nobly to lasting merit. And retiring gracefully to the quiet ordinary life of an extraordinary citizen.
His humility, professionalism, and intelligence only matched by his courage.
The best I can say of him is the best I can say of any man.
I wish I were made more like him.