There are celebrities you probably don’t even imagine flying pilots and planes. Celebrities around the world only travel on their own private planes. But some decided to go further and pilot them themselves.
Even members of British and Dutch royalty have this passion for flying. Princess Diana’s eldest son, William, was a helicopter pilot for the UK Royal Air Force. Willem-Alexander, king of the Netherlands, was a commercial pilot for the airline KLM.
But look at other celebrities you might not even think are pilots.
Harrison Ford was 52 when he started flying. Ford is a highly experienced pilot of more than 5,000 hours in the air. He owns a fleet of aircraft, and now he is volunteering as a rescue pilot.Occasionally is made news with an aircraft crash, but he always manages to get away with it.Harrison has crashed his helicopter WWII Ryan PT-22 Recruit. He has also recently landed on a taxiway instead of the runway, luckily the pilot got off without a penalty.
Angelina Jolie has a luxurious pastime, fly her Cirrus SR-22 whenever she can. Jolie took her first leave in 2004, at the request of her first child, Maddox. Currently, she even flies by instruments with her single engine. In addition to Cirrus the actress has a Cessna 208 Caravan.
Clint Eastwood has been a licensed helicopter pilot for almost 30 years. He says that riding is his favorite hobby: “You are the only one up there”.Eastwood survived a plane crash while in the U.S. army. In 2016, he directed the movie Sully, about the accident on the Hudson River in which all passengers survived.
Brad Pitt owns a World War II-era Supermarine Spitfire. He would have spent more than 3 million dollars to become one of the few people in the world who own one.
He is apparently fascinated with vintage planes since he participated in the filming of Fury (2014) the WWII action film.
According to The Daily Mail, Brad Pitt undertook certified training at the “Boultbee Flight Academy” in England, where he learned how to operate the Spitfire’s controls. Brad also has a Cirrus SR22.
Morgan Freeman joined the Air Force as a radio mechanic. His dream was to fly, but he didn’t get his flight license until he was 65 (2005).
Morgan owns three aircraft: a twin-engine Cessna 414, a Cessna Citation 501 and more recently a SyberJet Emivest SJ30. The actor use your voice to marketing materials for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Tom Cruise became famous after “Top Gun” (1986) but only obtained his pilot’s license in 1994. Currently, Tom has a license to fly 12 different airplane models. In its private hangar, the highlights are a Mustang P-51 (his favorite aircraft) and a Gulfstream IV business jet.
John Travolta has been fascinated with piloting since childhood and has always invested his money in aircraft. John earned his license at age 22.
To support his aviation hobby, he built his house at a private airport “Jumbolair Aviation Estates”. John has a runway at his disposal that is long enough to land his Boeing 707-138B (named after his children). The runway is next to his mansion, so he can park his planes at the door. He also owns a Bombardier Challenger 601, an Eclipse 500, 2 ultralights and even a fighter jet, the Soko Galeb G-2.
Kurt Russell says flying runs in the blood, as his grandfather had one of the first float planes in Maine. In a recent interview said: “The love of airplane for pilots, I think, is almost inexplicable. It’s the experience itself. It’s the fact that you can’t explain it, I think, that makes you feel the way you do about it. This is something that can change your life.”
Kurt also has a fascination with UFOs. He was the pilot who first reported the Phoenix Lights phenomenon (a mass sighting that took place in 1997).
Gisele Bundchen took your license to fly helicopter in 2009, while pregnant with her first child. Bundchen participates in the UN’s Environmental Program, which is researching alternative sources of jet fuel. She wanted to learn the nuts and bolts of aviation for her role as a goodwill ambassador.
Bruce Dickinson is singer of legendary heavy metal band, Iron Maiden, but has a second career as a commercial airline pilot. Bruce obtained his first flight license in 1990. He became a pilot for the British airline “Astraeus Airlines” and runs an aircraft maintenance company.When Iron Maiden is on a world tour, he is the one who usually flies the plane that carries all the band and equipment. This was the case for the 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2016 tours. In the latter, a Boeing 747-400 was used. The Boeing was renamed the “Ed Force One” after their mascot and as a parody on the plane of the American president called the “Air Force One”.
Hilary Swank is the actress protagonist of the film Amelia (2009), about the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart. When she was invited to make the film she decided that she would also learn to fly airplanes. Hilary did 20 hours of flight with an instructor. When she was to make her first solo flight, she was prevented from continuing training by a clause in her contract. Thus, the actress learned to fly, but did not get her pilot’s license.
John Denver was a famous singer and songwriter in the 70s and 80s. He had two passions in his life: singing and flying.
Denver was a pilot with over 2,700 hours of experience and had pilot ratings for single-engine, multi-engine, glider, and instrument. He also held a type rating in his Learjet.
And it was precisely his passion for flying that took his life in the waters of the California Sea in October 1997, when he piloted his plane made of fiberglass, Rutan Long-EZ.