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Tom Cruise PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Top Gun star, 57, flies a helicopter into London 

Tom Cruise PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Top Gun star, 57, shows off his action-man credentials as he flies a helicopter into London

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He will reprise his role as dashing fighter pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the hotly anticipated Top Gun sequel next year.

And Tom Cruise showcased his action-man credentials as he flew a helicopter into London on Sunday.

The Oscar-nominee, 57, looked delighted as he climbed into the cockpit of the Airbus A Star helicopter and expertly took  the controls, before pulling off a flawless landing. 

Real-life Maverick: Tom Cruise showcased his action-man credentials as he flew a helicopter into London on Sunday

Real-life Maverick: Tom Cruise showcased his action-man credentials as he flew a helicopter into London on Sunday

Takes my breath away: The Oscar-nominee, 57, looked delighted as he climbed into the cockpit of the helicopter and expertly took the controls, before pulling off a flawless landing

Takes my breath away: The Oscar-nominee, 57, looked delighted as he climbed into the cockpit of the helicopter and expertly took the controls, before pulling off a flawless landing

The Mission Impossible star proved he had barely aged a day since the iconic 1986 film, looked dapper in a khaki green polo shirt and black jeans, paired with chunky leather boots.

He completed his ensemble with a pair of Maverick-inspired aviator sunglasses as he said a cheery hello to the ground staff.

The down-to-earth acting legend was seen shaking hands with friends before giving the thumbs up ahead of take-off.       

The adrenaline-loving star, who is known for performing the majority of his own stunts, learned to fly an Airbus helicopter by himself in a short space of time for 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout.      

Wow: The Oscar-nominee, 57, looked delighted as he climbed into the cockpit of the helicopter and expertly took the controls, before pulling off a flawless landing

Good to see you: The star looked delighted as he chatted with ground staff

Wow: The Oscar-nominee, 57, looked delighted as he climbed into the cockpit of the helicopter and expertly took the controls, before pulling off a flawless landing

Action-man: Tom got his private pilot's license in 1994, and has since performed many of his own stunts

Action-man: Tom got his private pilot’s license in 1994, and has since performed many of his own stunts

Barely aged a day: The Mission Impossible star proved he had barely aged a day since the iconic 1986 film (R)

Iconic: He will reprise his role as dashing fighter pilot Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in the hotly anticipated Top Gun sequel next year (above in 1986)

Barely aged a day: The Mission Impossible star proved he had barely aged a day since the iconic 1986 film (R)

Dapper: The Mission Impossible star looked dapper in a khaki green polo shirt and black jeans, paired with chunky leather boots

Dapper: The Mission Impossible star looked dapper in a khaki green polo shirt and black jeans, paired with chunky leather boots

Smile: The star looked delighted as he greeted friends after his landing in the British capital

Smile: The star looked delighted as he greeted friends after his landing in the British capital 

Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit theatres on June 26, 2020. It was originally slated for release on July 12, 2019 but it was delayed so filmmakers can work out logistics with the complex flight scenes, Deadline reported.

Jennifer Connelly, 47, has been on set with Tom, and will play Maverick’s love interest, replacing Kelly McGillis who played Charlie in the original.

Val Kilmer, who played Lt. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky in the original, will also reprise his role in the sequel while Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris are joining the cast for the second instalment.  

Thumbs up: The star gave the thumbs up to one of his friends after he landed the helicopter

Thumbs up: The star gave the thumbs up to one of his friends after he landed the helicopter 

Hunk: Tom looked handsome as he shook hands with a member of staff before heading off

Hunk: Tom looked handsome as he shook hands with a member of staff before heading off

A-list arrival: Tom looked in great spirits as he walked along the tarmac ahead of his drive into London

A-list arrival: Tom looked in great spirits as he walked along the tarmac ahead of his drive into London

Delight: The star looked every inch the pro pilot as he stepped off the helicopter

Delight: The star looked every inch the pro pilot as he stepped off the helicopter 

Dashing: Tom looked stylish as he made his way to a waiting car after touching down in London

Dashing: Tom looked stylish as he made his way to a waiting car after touching down in London

Dashing: Tom looked stylish as he made his way to a waiting car after touching down in London

Deadline reported that Cruise’s character Maverick will be a Top Gun flight instructor in the sequel, and he serves as a mentor to Goose’s son.

The sequel is directed by Joseph Kosinski, who previously worked with Tom on Oblivion, and also directed TRON: Legacy.

Tony Scott, who directed the original, was going to helm the sequel but he tragically committed suicide in 2012 just as production talks were beginning.

Pro: Tom looked professional as he chatted with his co-pilot in the helicopter

Pro: Tom looked professional as he chatted with his co-pilot in the helicopter

Chat; The star was seen chatting with a friend as he made his way along the tarmac

Chat; The star was seen chatting with a friend as he made his way along the tarmac

Rise to fame: One of Tom's most legendary roles is a tenacious pilot Maverick

Rise to fame: One of Tom’s most legendary roles is a tenacious pilot Maverick 

I feel the need... Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit theatres on June 26, 2020

I feel the need… Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit theatres on June 26, 2020

 

 

 

Daily Mail UK

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