Five Famous Actors Who Are Aviation Enthusiasts

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airplaneActors, like everyone else, have interests and hobbies we often don’t see or hear about.

Several famous actors share one exciting hobby, aviation. They’re not just satisfied with being transported from one location to another via their own private jets. For them, flying is freedom.

Tom Cruise

Cruise is not just a pilot but a collector of military aircraft. He acquired his pilot’s license in 1994, coincidentally, around the time he was filming the blockbuster movie “Top Gun.”

It has also been rumored that Cruise uses his planes like most people use their cars, running errands like grocery shopping. It seems this actor has taken flying to a new level of convenience. It’s too bad his airplanes can’t maneuver a fast-food drive-thru.

Angelina Jolie

Jolie obtained her pilot’s license about eight years ago. As her family has grown with long-time partner Brad Pitt, having the ability to pilot a plane has definitely made jetting the kids around much easier.

Jolie’s first plane was and still is a Cirrus SR-22 which some experts believed was too much of a plane for her to handle. It was a big jump from the Cessna 172 she trained in. Brad Pitt also likes to take over the pilot’s seat occasionally.

Harrison Ford

In the 1960’s Ford took flying classes until he could no longer afford them. It wasn’t until 1996 that he finally received his license. He flies both airplanes and helicopters.

In 2010 he was awarded aviation’s highest award, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, for his contributions as a humanitarian, teacher, mentor, and more. Ford has also survived an emergency landing of a Bell helicopter flight in 1999.

Morgan Freeman

The man who can narrate a telephone book and keep his audience riveted is an avid pilot. He is also living proof that you’re never too old to pursue your dreams. He did not receive his pilot’s license until he turned 65.

In 2004 he experienced a 45-day suspension for breaking altitude rules. The FAA wanted to impose a 90-day ban but Freeman appealed it. Maybe it was his hypnotic voice that swayed them.

In 2009 he realized another dream by purchasing the Sino Swearingen SJ30 jet for a cool seven million dollars.

Clint Eastwood

For Clint Eastwood, avoiding traffic on the congested highways of Los Angeles was reason enough to get his pilot’s license to fly helicopters. He’s has his license for more than 30 years and now at age 82 he shows no signs of slowing down.

As a young man on leave from the Korean War in 1951 he was aboard a Douglas AD bomber as a passenger. The plane ran out of fuel, crashing into the ocean. Eastwood and the pilot managed to swim three miles to shore, surviving what could have been a watery grave.

As his Dirty Harry character once said, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?” It’s a good bet Clint Eastwood feels very lucky.

These and other celebrities have taken to the skies to fulfill lifelong dreams and to be ready to go anywhere at anytime. It might be in part because of the anonymity and solitude from their hectic lives. In the skies you’re just a number and that can be a beautiful thing.

Calvin Wright is a professional pilot instructor who has worked with A-list clientelle. For a great selection of aviation products check out www.pilotmall.com.

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