born, Scott Altman returns to town this Sunday
Former Air Force pilot, NASA Shuttle
Astronaut and stunt double for Tom Cruise in Top Gun to speak at the
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[June 10, 2016]
- Many people are unaware that Lincoln is the birthplace of a true
American hero -former NASA Shuttle Astronaut and retired Navy
Captain Scott “Scooter” Altman.
Capt. Altman was born in Lincoln on August 15, 1959, the son of
Fred and Sharon Altman. He then grew up Pekin, and graduated from
Pekin High School in 1977. After receiving a bachelor of science
degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the
University of Illinois, Scott was commissioned as an Ensign in the
United States Navy in August 1981, and received his Naval Aviator
wings in February 1983.
As a member of Fighter Squadron 51 at (then) NAS Miramar, Altman
completed two deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean
flying the F-14A Tomcat.
In August 1987, he was selected for the Naval Postgraduate
School-Test Pilot School Co-op program and graduated with Test Pilot
School Class 97 in June 1990 as a Distinguished Graduate. After
graduation, he spent the next two years as a test pilot working on
various F-14 projects. Altman then took the new F-14D on its first
operational deployment with VF-31 Tom-caters, where he served as
maintenance officer and later operations officer.
He was awarded the Air Medal for his role as a strike leader flying
over Southern Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch.
Shortly following his return from this six-month deployment, he was
selected for the NASA astronaut program. He has logged over 7,000
flight hours in more than 40 types of aircraft.
Altman also has flown four shuttle missions, logging more than 51
days in space. He was the pilot of STS-90 in 1998 and STS-106 in
2000, and was commander of the final two missions to the Hubble
Space Telescope, STS-109 in 2002 and STS-125 in 2009.
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invited to meet retired Navy Captain Scott Altman: Commander of
space shuttle Columbia and Atlantis, ex-fighter pilot, and stunt
double for Tom Cruise in Top Gun, performing many of the aerial
Join us Sunday evening, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post #263
in Lincoln, for a relaxing evening of great food, fellowship and a chance to
honor an international hero.
This event is being sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Lincoln, with
proceeds going to their new building fund. Advance tickets are available for
$20.00 each at selected State Bank of Lincoln locations. If you sponsor a table
of eight, you only pay for seven ($140.00), receiving the eighth ticket free.
Group tickets can be purchased by calling Lincoln First Baptist Church at
217-732-7409 or Pastor Ben Manley at 217-971-2087. Tickets sold at the door will