Top Gun star Tom Cruise appeared in Gloucestershire for the world’s largest military air show to mark the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force.
The Hollywood A-lister, also known for his starring role in Mission: Impossible, was spotted at RAF Fairford to watch the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) air show on Saturday.
The air show confirmed Cruise’s arrival by tweeting a photo, captioning it: “He can be our sidekick anytime! Look who just arrived at #RIAT22!”
Cruise wore a beaming smile, a sharp suit and his trademark aviator sunglasses.
Paul Atherton, chief executive of RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, said: “Tom’s visit is something we really try to keep secret, but keeping such secrets is difficult when they are so exciting.
“The Top Gun films and Tom’s famous passion for airplanes and flying really helped catapult aviation into the limelight, which will help promote and inspire future generations of young people.
“RIAT is a home for those who appreciate the glitz and excitement of the aviation world, so I am delighted to be able to welcome Tom to this home.”
Cruise60, wasn’t the only celebrity enjoying the display as Countdown’s Carol Wordman posted regular updates to her Instagram story.
Posting a video at the airport, the 61-year-old said: ‘First in. It will be a glorious glorious day. The track is literally there, boom.”
On the second day of the event, thousands of people descended on the air base, enduring scorching temperatures.
Aircraft flying the show included a Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey of the US Air Force’s 7th Special Operations Squadron in honor of the special anniversary.
To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the UK’s Royal Air Force will also be flying Avro Lancasters from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and BAE Systems Hawk T1s from the RAF Red Arrows.
Jets from 17 other air forces around the world, including Spain, Jordan, Sweden and the Republic of Korea, will also complete displays in the sky.
The military air show draws 170,000 visitors over the weekend to see and hear several hundred planes of all shapes and sizes spanning eras and from countries around the world, its website says.
The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust benefits from profits from all sales from the show, supporting initiatives including engineering and flying scholarships.
Cruise, who starred as Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the 1986 film Top Gun and its sequel Maverickcurrently in theaters, has been a licensed pilot since 1994.
Last week, the actor was among the Center Court crowd that saw Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, 35, triumph over Australian surprise finalist Nick Kyrgios, 27, in the Wimbledon men’s singles final.
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