Tom Cruise Meets Farragut Graduate, NASA Astronaut Charlie Duke ’53
Tom Cruise met Admiral Farragut Academy graduate, retired NASA astronaut, and the 10th man to walk on the moon, Brig Gen Charlie Duke!
We’re sure “Maverick” —Tom Cruise- the Top Gun star was honored to meet the real fighter pilot and retired NASA astronaut.
Charlie Duke and Tom Cruise were the VIPs at The Royal International Air Tattoo event held in Gloucestershire, England this past weekend. The Royal International Air Tattoo event is one of the world’s largest military air shows held in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
Admiral Farragut Academy is perhaps most notable for graduating two of the twelve men who walked on the Moon. RADM Alan Shepard USN was the first American in space and in 1971, during the Apollo 14 mission, the fifth man to walk on the Moon; Shepard graduated in 1941 from the New Jersey campus. BGEN Charles Duke, USAF, was a class of 1953 graduate of the St. Petersburg campus, and in 1972 became the 10th man to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 16 mission.
Having graduated two NASA astronauts that walked on the moon, one might assume Admiral Farragut Academy is a school for astronauts. Interested in sending your child to the best prep school in the world? Apply here.