On the sidelines of the second edition of the Fighter Aviation Congress at Le Bourget this Friday, the military organization announced that it had admitted the American actor to its ranks, on an honorary basis.
The multiple stunts performed by Tom Cruise aboard his fighter plane in Top Gun: Maverick gave ideas to the Patrouille de France. This Friday, on the sidelines of the second edition of the Congress of Fighter Aviation at Le Bourget, the military organization announced that it had admitted the American actor into its ranks, on an honorary basis.
“A new honorary member has joined the community of French fighter pilots,” said Stéphane Mille, Chief of Staff of the Air and Space Force, on Twitter.
And to add: “Thank you to Tom Cruise for having flown with the Patrouille de France and for sharing our values throughout the world.”
A “real privilege”
The 60-year-old actor said he was deeply honored and proud to receive this distinction. “It’s a real privilege for me to be part of your team,” he says in this video.
“We all share an absolute passion for the love of flight and freedom and I admire you all for your talents and for your commitment to the service of your country”, continues Tom Cruise.
In his acceptance speech, the actor also returned to his meeting with the Patrouille de France at the Cannes Film Festival last May. The Air Force had paid tribute to the actor when climbing the stairs for his film Top Gun: Maverickleaving a blue-white-red trail in the sky.
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