Movie star Tom Cruise has a lifelong passion for high-speed aircraft that goes far beyond his acting role in Top Gun.

Tom Cruise: Aviation Aficionado

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Tom Cruise has been a licensed pilot since 1994, giving him the skills to fly both airplanes and helicopters.

Licensed Pilot Since 1994

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Cruise holds a multi-engine instrument rating, allowing him to pilot multiple aircraft in tough conditions relying just on instruments.

Instrument-Rated for Challenging Conditions

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In Mission Impossible: Fallout, Cruise performed daring helicopter stunts thanks to the aviation skills he's accumulated over decades.

Helicopter Maneuvers in Mission Impossible

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One prized plane in Cruise's collection is a 1946 North American P-51 Mustang fighter acquired in 2001.

Owner of Vintage P-51 Mustang Fighter

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Cruise got to show off his Mustang piloting abilities in Top Gun: Maverick, personally flying it for filming.

Personally Flies the Mustang in Top Gun: Maverick

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Cruise also owns a luxuriously outfitted long-range Gulfstream IV jet seating 19 with amenities like a jacuzzi.

Owns $20 Million Gulfstream IV Jet

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Cruise's aviation credentials prove his Top Gun skills are more than acting - he's deeply invested in high-speed aircraft.

Passion Extends From Movie Sets to the Skies

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From becoming a pilot in 1994 to performing stunts in films, Cruise has an enduring affinity for aviation.

Lifelong Love of Aviation

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On screen and off, Tom Cruise's passion for piloting high-speed aircraft is clearly evidenced by his pilot credentials and plane collection.

Tom Cruise: Aviation Aficionado

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