The Navy Refused to Let Tom Cruise Fly This Fighter Jet in ‘Top Gun 2’

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Even though Tom Cruise flew real fighter jets and helicopters in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, there was one jet the superstar actor couldn’t pilot: Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell’s F-18. Cruise has done many of his own stunts over the years—including ones in the Mission: Impossible series that’ve become legendary, like  climbing the Burj Khalifa in Dubai—but getting in the cockpit of a real F-18 was too much.

Yes, “…he flies a P-51 in the movie and he flies helicopters. He can do just about anything in an airplane,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer told USA Today. “[But] the Navy wouldn’t let him fly an F-18.”

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