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Tom Cruise Radiates Joy Flying His Helicopter

Following the monumental success of “Top Gun: Maverick” at the box office, Tom Cruise was seen enjoying a delightful day earlier this week. He was spotted boarding his helicopter before taking to the skies above southwest London.

Cruise, who is 60 years old, earned his helicopter pilot’s license almost 30 years ago and is renowned for performing his own helicopter stunts in various films. He wore a light blue shirt, black jeans, and heavy black boots as he walked across the tarmac, entering the cockpit with a beaming smile. He cheerily waved to onlookers, clearly appreciating his fans’ support.

Cruise has been keeping busy, with reports of his helicopter being seen in Sussex at Shoreham Airport just last week. His visit to London coincided with his “Maverick” co-star Miles Teller hinting at a possible sequel to the latest “Top Gun” installment.

The film recently achieved international box office success, surpassing the $1 billion mark, making it the most successful new film of 2022, outperforming “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”

Teller, 35, who rose to fame as the star of Damien Chazelle’s 2014 music drama “Whiplash,” has indicated that there may be more good news for “Maverick” fans. He shared, “I’ve been having some conversations with [Tom] about it. That would be great, but that’s all up to [him].”

Teller also expressed his gratitude for Cruise’s guidance and mentorship, saying, “For him to share ‘Top Gun’ with me and a lot of these other young actors, it’s just been such a wild ride and it’s still going.”

In the new “Top Gun” movie, Teller played the character Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, who is the son of Maverick’s best friend, Nick, also known as ‘Goose.’

Achieving the $1 billion milestone is a remarkable feat, especially considering the extensive production delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally slated for release in June 2020, the film was postponed until May 2022. Despite these setbacks, it resonated strongly with audiences, cementing its place as a blockbuster success.