Astronaut Buzz Aldrin landed in Northamptonshire for a charity event aimed at raising money to help D-Day veterans return to Normandy.
The second man on the moon was the guest of honour at the Beattie Foundation annual gala, held at Sywell Aerodrome.
The event was held to raise money to help war veterans return to Normandy for the final, formal commemoration of D-Day in 2014.
During the black tie ball, guests were given the chance to fly in a number of aeroplanes and Mr Aldrin went up with Sywell-based aerobatic display team, The Blades.
The Blades team leader, Mark Cutmore, took the legendary astronaut into the skies above Northamptonshire in his plane.
He said: “It was amazing. It was thrilling to meet Buzz Aldrin.
“It was a great privilege to fly with probably one of the most famous people in the world.”
Mr Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.
During his flight with The Blades, the 83-year-old was given an example of the team’s aerobatic manoeuvres.
Mr Cutmore said: “I think it was actually quite different for him to fly with us. He said he’d done things he had never done before.
“We started off by doing a loop in formation, flying 12ft away from the other planes and we also did some barrel rolls and other manoeuvres. We were up there about 25 minutes in all and he coped very well with it.
“He also had a go at flying the plane himself and he did very well – as you would expect.”
During the flight, the two pilots talked about the work of The Blades, but steered away from discussing the moon landing.
Mr Cutmore said: “We just talked about flying really.
“He’s probably spoken about walking on the moon all his life, so we kept away from that topic and spoke about The Blades instead.
“He was an amazing chap.”
The Sywell event was organised by the Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation, a charity set up by advertising executive Trevor Beattie to help vulnerable people in London and the Midlands.
It also featured flights by a number of aircraft from 1944.