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Tom Cruise, Jerry Bruckheimer Are Now Honorary Naval Aviators

Tom Cruise, the ultimate action movie star: he’s flown fighter jets, he’s scaled the tallest buildings in the world, he’s jumped off ramps on the top of a mountain, into the abyss. He has recently added another notch on his belt: Honorary Naval Aviator.
Jerry Bruckheimer is named Honorary Naval Aviator for his work on Top Gun 4 photos
Jerry Bruckheimer is named Honorary Naval Aviator for his work on Top GunJerry Bruckheimer is named Honorary Naval Aviator for his work on Top GunJerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise are named Honorary Naval Aviators for their work on Top Gun
Tom Cruise, for all the mystery currently surrounding his personal life (a choice, due to this involvement in the Church of Scientology), remains the ultimate action movie star. Pushing 60 hasn’t stopped him from pushing himself farther with his work. Right now, he’s shooting Mission: Impossible 7 in Rome, Italy and still doing his own stunts, while preparing to become the first actor to fly into space for the purpose of making a movie.

In the meantime, he’s still reaping the benefits for the work he’s done in Top Gun, the original movie that came out in 1986. He and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were made Honorary Naval Aviators for that and for the way they strove to paint a realistic portrait of Naval Aviation. The ceremony took place on September 24, at the Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, before a screening of the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, but was only disclosed to the media at the end of last week.

Members of the Naval Aviation were treated to a first look at the movie, which, again, puts Cruise in a fighter jet as pilot at U.S. Navy’s Fighter Weapons School. Commander of Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller III presented Cruise and Bruckheimer with their new distinctions, and highlighted their work in shining the correct light on the work done by “the world’s greatest Navy.”

Bruckheimer was present at the ceremony to accept the honor in person, but Cruise could only attend via live streaming.

“In the history of motion pictures, there is not a more iconic aviation movie than the 1986 Paramount Pictures film Top Gun,” the official statement says. “Its characters, dialogue and imagery are ingrained in the minds of an entire generation of Americans. The movie captured the hearts of millions, making a profound positive impact on recruiting for Naval Aviation, and significantly promoted and supported Naval Aviation and put aircraft carriers and naval aircraft into popular culture.”

For the sequel Maverick, both Cruise and Bruckheimer spent months at an airbase on location, closely communicating with officials to ensure they remained authentic in the setup and depiction of every scene.

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