Tom Cruise Awarded Honorary Naval Aviator Certificate for Top Gun

Few of Tom Cruise’s movies have had the kind of cultural impact as the 1986 Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film Top Gun, about a group of young navy pilots who are selected to train at the Naval Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar. Such is the popularity of the movie that Cruise was recently awarded the 35th Honorary Naval Aviator certificate, while Bruckheimer became the 36th Honorary Naval Aviator, in a ceremony held at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The Naval Air Forces revealed the reason behind the honor being bestowed on Cruise and Bruckheimer.

While Bruckheimer was on hand to receive the award, Tom Cruise, who is currently filming his latest Mission Impossible film, attended the ceremony via video call. Aside from being one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, Cruise is also a certified pilot and has flown a variety of vehicles both in movies and in real life.

The star’s recent aviation honor doubtless has something to do with the sequel to Top Gun that was supposed to release this year, but which has now been postponed to next year. Top Gun: Maverick is set 35 years after the first film. Cruise’s character is now one of the Navy’s top aviators and is tasked with training a new generation of aviators, some of whom have a connection to Maverick’s past in a way that forces him to grapple with long-buried issues. The director of the movie, Joseph Kosinski, revealed previously how the aerial stunts in Top Gun: Maverick go even further than the ones in the original.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie, Top Gun: Maverick stars Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Manny Jacinto, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Danny Ramirez, and Jay Ellis. This news was first reported at Daily Mail.

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