It’s a fact that celebrities tend to use air travel a lot, whether it’s for personal reasons or for work. But did you know that some of the famous celebrities are real pilots? Let’s look into some of them don’t just ride planes, but fly them too…
Tom Cruise is well known for his onscreen role of a naval pilot in the 1986 blockbuster movie “Top Gun”. But few people know that Tom is not only a pilot on the celluloid, but also off screen in real life as well. The actor/producer is a licensed pilot – he earned his pilot’s license in Toronto, Canada back in the year 1994. Cruise enjoys flying one of his four air crafts from time to time, and is known to be a good pilot.
Arnie or Arnold Palmer has been an avid pilot for more than 50 years. The last time he piloted a plane was in the year 2011, where he flew his Cessna Citation X aircraft from California to Florida. He is known to have upgraded his jet a number of times after acquiring the first one. In the past, he has owned a Lear Jet, a Cessna Citation and Citation X. He contributes a lot of his golfing success to the help he got from his airplanes.
Popular for playing Indiana Jones and Hans Solo, Hollywood superstar Harrison Ford also happens to be a private pilot of both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Ford begin learning aviation in the late 60’s when he flew a Piper PA-22 Tri Pacer. He had to stop training until the mid 90’s, which is when he bought a used/second hand Gulfstream 2 and got flying lessons from one of the pilots flying it. Among his favorites, he likes his de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver the most.
Emmy and Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson is famous for his passion for aviation. His airplane interest peaked up during his working period at an airport, where he started cleaning airplanes/engine parts at the young age of 14. There were times when the chief pilot would have him take the controls while taking him on occasional rides. In his lifetime, Robertson has owned numerous aircraft models such as the Supermarine Spitfire and Tiger Moths.
Famous Hollywood screen personality Kurt Russell is a certified pilot, and he’s certainly not new to flying. Russell has been a qualified/certified pilot from the year 1992 or for more than two decades. He happens to be an FAA licensed private pilot who holds a single plus multi-engine ratings. Kurt is also an Honorary member of “Wings of Hope”, an aviation organization.
If you’re a non-celebrity pilot, the above list of celebrities should inspire you to become better at what you are, and stock up on gear by getting the right stuff from a good, reputed pilot shop. Remember, it doesn’t matter what level of a pilot you are right now – what matters is how far you can go!