Top Gun: Maverick's F-18 Flights Cost New Tom Cruise Film $11,374 an Hour

US Navy lent Tom Cruise F/A-18 Super Hornets for movie only catches: The studio paid as much as $11,374 an hour to use the advanced fighter planes -- and Cruise couldn’t touch controls. 

performing his own stunts insisted that all the actors portraying pilots on long-delayed “Top Gun: Maverick” film fly in one of the fighter jets built by Boeing Co.

understand what it feels like pilot operating under strain of immense gravitational forces. Cruise had also flown in a jet for original “Top Gun,” a smash hit in 1986. 

Cruise ended up flying more than a dozen sorties for the new movie, but a Pentagon regulation bars non-military personnel from controlling a Defense Department 

Instead, the actors rode behind F/A-18 pilots after completing required training on how to eject from the plane in an emergency and how to survive at sea. 

Navy allowed the production to use planes, aircraft carriers and military bases even though he said the real Top Gun pilots aren’t the cocky 

they’re studious air nerds who toil away for hours in the classroom and participate in intense training flights at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada, the site of the actual Top Gun school. 

Roberts said that in his years working for the Pentagon’s media office, he’s never seen the level of excitement generated around “Top Gun: Maverick.” 

movie is expected to earn Cruise his first $100 million domestic opening. It could generate about $130 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend, 

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