Tom Cruise: Action Star to Star Gazer
After playing a fighter pilot in the famous movie Top Gun, Tom Cruise got “the need for speed,” and eight years later, in 1994, he obtained his pilot’s license.
Cruise owns a handful of private jets including a $20M Gulfstream– the plane of choice for many celebrities with deep pockets, and Cruise’s is blinged out with a jacuzzi and screening room as well. At one point, Cruise owned a WW2 fighter called a P-51 Mustang, which Tom Cruise named after his then wife, actress Katie Holmes (and mother of his daughter, Suri). He called it ‘Kiss Me Kate.’ Wonder if he still owns that plane?
Jimmy Buffett: Longtime Pilot
Jimmy Buffett has been flying, like Harrison Ford, for over twenty years, a love which started during his time at the University of Southern Mississippi. By the time he was forty, he had made his dream come true, and obtained his pilot license with single engine land and sea ratings.
The famous singer and songwriter owns a seaplane named Hemisphere Dancer, as well as other planes. Buffett’s credentials are not to be denied, with a Commercial Pilot License with ratings for multi-engine land and sea aircraft, as well as an instrument rating for flying in clouds and low weather. He also holds type ratings for the Falcon 50 and 900, Cessna Citation 500-series jets, and the Grumman Albatross.