Tom Cruise is known for doing a lot of his own stunts. He even flew a helicopter in Mission: Impossible: Fallout. For his next movie, Top Gun: Maverick, Cruise wanted to fly an actual F-18 jet, but the Navy said no.
Cruise wasn’t totally shut out of flying aircraft, however, as he actually flew a P-51 plane and helicopters for stunt sequences. “He can do just about anything in an airplane,” Bruckheimer said.