Tom Cruise arrives at Top Gun: Maverick premiere via HELICOPTER to the USS Midway in San Diego

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Tom Cruise proved he certainly knows how to make a entrance while arriving to the premiere of his highly-anticipated film Top Gun: Maverick aboard the USS Midway in San Diego via a helicopter that he piloted himself. 

The actor, who famously does his own stunts in his action-packed flicks, one-upped all of his incredibly glamorous costars as he touched down at the star-studded event looking dapper as ever in a black tuxedo and a grey tie.

Upon slowly descending the aircraft, the Mission: Impossible star, 59, waved to a sea of his fans that recorded him expertly landing a black helicopter, which read: ‘Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick.’ 

Handsome: Tom Cruise proved he certainly knows how to make a entrance while arriving to the premiere of his upcoming film Top Gun: Maverick aboard the USS Midway in San Diego via a helicopter that he piloted himself

Handsome: Tom Cruise proved he certainly knows how to make a entrance while arriving to the premiere of his upcoming film Top Gun: Maverick aboard the USS Midway in San Diego via a helicopter that he piloted himself

While walking toward the red carpet rocking a pair of black Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses with silver frames, the dad-of-three flashed a bright smile before going to mingle with Jennifer Connelly, Monica Barbaro and Miles Teller.

Cruise earned his pilot license 28 years ago and, over the years, has performed some dangerous stunts for some of his movies, including spinning a helicopter around while diving down over a waterfall.

For the occasion, Teller, 35, wore a blue suit, matching tie, white dress shirt and black loafers. 

Looking good! The actor, who famously does his own stunts in his action-packed flicks, one-upped all of his incredibly glamorous costars as he touched down at the star-studded event looking dapper as ever in a black tuxedo and a grey tie

Looking good! The actor, who famously does his own stunts in his action-packed flicks, one-upped all of his incredibly glamorous costars as he touched down at the star-studded event looking dapper as ever in a black tuxedo and a grey tie

Costars: While walking toward the red carpet rocking a pair of black Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses with silver frames, the dad-of-three flashed a bright smile before going to mingle with Jennifer Connelly, Monica Barbaro and Miles Teller

Costars: While walking toward the red carpet rocking a pair of black Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses with silver frames, the dad-of-three flashed a bright smile before going to mingle with Jennifer Connelly, Monica Barbaro and Miles Teller

Dapper: Upon slowly descending the aircraft, the Mission: Impossible star, 59, waved to a sea of his fans that recorded him expertly landing a black helicopter, which read:'Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick'

Dapper: Upon slowly descending the aircraft, the Mission: Impossible star, 59, waved to a sea of his fans that recorded him expertly landing a black helicopter, which read: ‘Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick’

Doing his own stuns on and off-screen: Cruise got his pilot licence in 1994 and has since turned into one of Hollywood's biggest flying enthusiasts

Doing his own stuns on and off-screen: Cruise got his pilot licence in 1994 and has since turned into one of Hollywood’s biggest flying enthusiasts

Landing: Cruise can be seen landing the helicopter he successfully piloted himself

Landing: Cruise can be seen landing the helicopter he successfully piloted himself

Soaring: Before touching down, he can be seen in the air making his way to the premiere

Soaring: Before touching down, he can be seen in the air making his way to the premiere  

A memorable entrance: Cruise flew above the Top Gun: Maverick sign

A memorable entrance: Cruise flew above the Top Gun: Maverick sign 

Impressive: Fans watched from below as the actor showed off his flying skills

Impressive: Fans watched from below as the actor showed off his flying skills

Wow: Over the years, Cruise has performed some dangerous stunts for some of his movies, including spinning a helicopter around while diving down over a waterfall

Wow: Over the years, Cruise has performed some dangerous stunts for some of his movies, including spinning a helicopter around while diving down over a waterfall

The actor’s wife Keleigh Sperry attended with him in a sparkly silver tulle dress with matching pumps.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Connelly dazzled in a stunning gold gown, which hugged every inch of her toned figure. 

She wore her dark hair in waves and a natural makeup look with a glossy nude lipstick and smokey grey eyeshadow. 

Movie star: Cruise's hair was perfectly tousled hair as he took off his shades and had his photograph taken

Movie star: Cruise’s hair was perfectly tousled hair as he took off his shades and had his photograph taken 

Strutting his stuff: The actor confidently strode into the event

Strutting his stuff: The actor confidently strode into the event

Strutting his stuff: The actor confidently strode into the event

Strutting his stuff: The actor confidently strode into the event

All together: Cruise posed for pictures with Teller and Sperry

All together: Cruise posed for pictures with Teller and Sperry

Group shot: US producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Cruise all pictured together

Group shot: US producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Cruise all pictured together

Reunited: Lewis Pullman, Teller, Cruise, and Charles Parnell all pictured together

Reunited: Lewis Pullman, Teller, Cruise, and Charles Parnell all pictured together

Glam: The group all posed for a picture with Monica Barbaro

Glam: The group all posed for a picture with Monica Barbaro

Night out: For the occasion, Miles Teller, 35, wore a blue suit, matching tie, white dress shirt and black loafers

Night out: For the occasion, Miles Teller, 35, wore a blue suit, matching tie, white dress shirt and black loafers

Shades on: Teller and Cruise both kept their eyes protected from the sun under their respective sunglasses

Shades on: Teller and Cruise both kept their eyes protected from the sun under their respective sunglasses

Standing out from the crowd: Meanwhile, Jennifer Connelly dazzled in a stunning gold gown, which hugged every inch of her toned figure

Standing out from the crowd: Meanwhile, Jennifer Connelly dazzled in a stunning gold gown, which hugged every inch of her toned figure

Polished: She wore her dark hair in waves and a natural makeup look with a glossy nude lipstick and smokey grey eyeshadow

Polished: She wore her dark hair in waves and a natural makeup look with a glossy nude lipstick and smokey grey eyeshadow

Arm candy: Her husband Paul Bettany, left, and Kai Dugan  posed for pictures with her

Arm candy: Her husband Paul Bettany, left, and Kai Dugan  posed for pictures with her

She wore her dark hair in waves and a natural makeup look with a glossy nude lipstick and smokey grey eyeshadow

She wore her dark hair in waves and a natural makeup look with a glossy nude lipstick and smokey grey eyeshadow

Glowing: She wore her dark hair in waves and a natural makeup look with a glossy nude lipstick and smokey grey eyeshadow

Inseparable: The 50-year-old English actor best known for portraying Vision and voicing J.A.R.V.I.S. in Iron Man, cut a handsome figure in a black suit, white button-down and no tie

Happy in love: She and her longtime husband Paul Bettany, who she wed back in 2003, put on a loved-up display in front of photographers as they walked with their arms sweetly linked together

Dazzling: Connelly dazzled in a stunning gold gown, which hugged every inch of her toned figure

Dazzling: Connelly dazzled in a stunning gold gown, which hugged every inch of her toned figure

Beaming: Dugan posed for pictures with Connelly and Bettany

Beaming: Dugan posed for pictures with Connelly and Bettany

Connelly and Dugan are seen at the motion picture drama

Connelly and Dugan are seen at the motion picture drama

Beaming: Dugan posed for pictures with Connelly and Bettany

Beaming: Dugan posed for pictures with Connelly and Bettany

She and her longtime husband Paul Bettany, who she wed back in 2003, put on a loved-up display in front of photographers as they walked with their arms sweetly linked together. 

The 50-year-old English actor best known for portraying Vision and voicing J.A.R.V.I.S. in Iron Man, cut a handsome figure in a black suit, white button-down and no tie. 

Connelly, who reprised her role as Penny Benjamin in Top Gun: Maverick’s hit 1980s predecessor, looked thrilled to catch up with her costars ahead of the release of their film’s release on May 27.  

On-screen trio: Cruise, Connelly and Teller posed for a shot together

On-screen trio: Cruise, Connelly and Teller posed for a shot together

Reunited again: Connelly plays Cruise's love interest in Top Gun

Reunited again: Connelly plays Cruise’s love interest in Top Gun

Turning heads: Monica Barbaro wore a high-low white sparkly gown with silver heels

Classic beauty: Her brunette tresses were perfectly curled for the occasion

Turning heads: Monica Barbaro wore a high-low white sparkly gown with silver heels

Classic beauty: Her brunette tresses were perfectly curled for the occasion

Classic beauty: Her brunette tresses were perfectly curled for the occasion

Doting husband: The actor's wife Keleigh Sperry attended with him in a sparkly silver tulle dress with matching pumps

Doting husband: The actor’s wife Keleigh Sperry attended with him in a sparkly silver tulle dress with matching pumps

Going strong: Teller and Sperry tied the knot in September 2019

Doting husband: The actor's wife Keleigh Sperry attended with him in a sparkly silver tulle dress with matching pumps

Doting husband: The actor’s wife Keleigh Sperry attended with him in a sparkly silver tulle dress with matching pumps

Loved-up display: Teller and Sperry shared a kiss on the red carpet

Loved-up display: Teller and Sperry shared a kiss on the red carpet

Sweet: Even after three years of marriage, the two are still acting like newlyweds

Sweet: Even after three years of marriage, the two are still acting like newlyweds

Going strong: Teller and Sperry tied the knot in September 2019

Going strong: Teller and Sperry tied the knot in September 2019

Stunning: Rachel McAdams sported a figure-hugging black gown with a thigh-high slit with strappy heels

Stunning: Rachel McAdams sported a figure-hugging black gown with a thigh-high slit with strappy heels

Stunning: Rachel McAdams sported a figure-hugging black gown with a thigh-high slit with strappy heels

Demure: The Notebook star wore her blonde hair in a flirty ponytail

Stunning: Rachel McAdams sported a figure-hugging black gown with a thigh-high slit with strappy heels

Demure: The Notebook star wore her blonde hair in a flirty ponytail

Demure: The Notebook star wore her blonde hair in a flirty ponytail

The forthcoming movie has been in the works for several years and it is currently set to have its world premiere later this month.

Last month, Cruise, who also serves as one of Top Gun: Maverick’s producers, noted that he and the feature’s team wanted to start the project by producing a solid storyline. 

In a behind-the-scenes video, released via his Instagram, he gushed: ‘I wasn’t ready to make a sequel until we had a special story worthy of a sequel.’ 

From the side: The mother-of-two looked great from every angle

From the side: The mother-of-two looked great from every angle

Friendly: McAdams could be seen shaking hands with Kenny Loggins

Friendly: McAdams could be seen shaking hands with Kenny Loggins

Charles Parnell wore a light grey suit, white shirt and brown leather loafers

Charles Parnell wore a light grey suit, white shirt and brown leather loafers

Moviegoers: Actor Glen Powell attended with his girlfriend Gigi Paris, who a silver sequined gown with a cutout across the midriff

Moviegoers: Actor Glen Powell attended with his girlfriend Gigi Paris, who a silver sequined gown with a cutout across the midriff

Beaming: Jon Hamm and his girlfriend Anna Osceola, who made their red carpet debut in March, looked cozy

Beaming: Jon Hamm and his girlfriend Anna Osceola, who made their red carpet debut in March, looked cozy

Keeping it cool: Hamm wore a black suit while his other half wore a sleveless striped turtleneck dress

Keeping it cool: Hamm wore a black suit while his other half wore a sleveless striped turtleneck dress

Rising star: Lyliana Wray, 17, appears in Top Gun: Maverick

Fashionata: The performer wore a studded silver dress and black heels

Rising star: Lyliana Wray, 17, appears in Top Gun: Maverick

Gorgeous: Former Miss Louisiana Teen USA Emma Brooks McAllister put on a leggy display in a black dress with cutouts and a daring thigh-high slit

Gorgeous: Former Miss Louisiana Teen USA Emma Brooks McAllister put on a leggy display in a black dress with cutouts and a daring thigh-high slit

Glamorous: She also sported a bright red lipstick

Glamorous: She also sported a bright red lipstick

Beaming: Former Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough and girlfriend Hayley Erbert wrapped their arms around each other on the red carpet

Minimalist: Erbert wore a plunging olive green dress with a corset waist

Beaming: Former Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough and girlfriend Hayley Erbert wrapped their arms around each other on the red carpet

Edgy: Actress Kara Del Toro wore a black gown with a silver bodice and slit up the front

Edgy: Actress Kara Del Toro wore a black gown with a silver bodice and slit up the front

Daring: She completed her edgy look with a diamond choker

Daring: She completed her edgy look with a diamond choker

The performer also noted that he and his collaborators held off on working on the sequel until ‘technology evolved so we could delve deeper into the experience of a fighter pilot.’

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer also commented on how the original Top Gun made a serious impression on many of its viewers.

He noted that ‘the first movie became something that changed a generation, so this is exciting to come back and get in those jets again.’

Date night: Bashir Salahuddin and his wife Chandra Russell looked every inch the happy couple as they posed for photos together

Date night: Bashir Salahuddin and his wife Chandra Russell looked every inch the happy couple as they posed for photos together 

Linda Bruckheimer, Jerry Bruckheimer and Alexandra Bruckheimer also attended

Linda Bruckheimer, Jerry Bruckheimer and Alexandra Bruckheimer also attended

Cool guy: Kenny Loggins cut an edgy figure in a pair of black leather pants

Cool guy: Kenny Loggins cut an edgy figure in a pair of black leather pants

Big night: A view of the red carpet appears at the world premiere showed action shots of Cruise in front of a helicopter

Big night: A view of the red carpet appears at the world premiere showed action shots of Cruise in front of a helicopter

Everyone's ready: The event took place at the USS Midway in San Diego

Everyone’s ready: The event took place at the USS Midway in San Diego

Cruise made a point of emphasizing the intense training that the movie’s cast underwent during the project’s production process.

He recalled that ‘we worked with the navy and the Top Gun school to formulate how to shoot it practically, because if we’re going to do it, we’re going to fly F-18s.’

Bruckheimer stressed that ‘the aviation sequences had to be real. So, our actors went through three months of grueling training.’

Sweet: Even after three years of marriage, the two are still acting like newlyweds

Sweet: Even after three years of marriage, the two are still acting like newlyweds

Going strong: Teller and Sperry tied the knot in September 2019

Going strong: Teller and Sperry tied the knot in September 2019

At one point, several actors were seen working with Navy service members during aquatic practice sessions that involved performers being placed into a rotating device and being held underwater.

Cruise noted that ‘the Navy says: “If you eject, you have to be able to survive in the water.” So we had to go through that challenging underwater program.’

Several performers were then shown being submerged while going through a mock underwater evacuation session.

Cast member Greg Tarzan Davis commented: ‘It’s intense. You’re flipped, inverted, and you have to try to get out.

Barbaro also spoke about how Cruise adopted a hands-on method to preparing the performers for their roles in the movie.

Handsome: Lewis Pullman wore a light blue suit while Rainey Qualley put on a leggy display in a black minidress

Handsome: Lewis Pullman wore a light blue suit while Rainey Qualley put on a leggy display in a black minidress

Handsome: Pullman wore a light blue suit

Handsome: Pullman wore a light blue suit

Radiant: Director Joseph Kosinski, right, and wife Kristin were among the attendees

Radiant: Director Joseph Kosinski, right, and wife Kristin were among the attendees

Looking good! Jay Ellis sported a bright blue suit and white t-shirt

Looking good! Jay Ellis sported a bright blue suit and white t-shirt

She pointed out that ‘Tom designed this all-encompassing aviation training for all the actors.’

Cruise then stated that he had cast members start their flight exercises by flying single-engine planes ‘to build up their spatial awareness inside the aircraft.’

Footage of Top Gun: Maverick’s cast members moving from aircraft to aircraft was also shown, and many of the actors appeared to be excited by the prospect of performing in the air.

Taking chances: Greg Tarzan Davis wore a red suit and black checkered sneakers

Taking chances: Greg Tarzan Davis wore a red suit and black checkered sneakers

Inseparable: Powell and Paris hugged as they walked down the red carpet

Inseparable: Powell and Paris hugged as they walked down the red carpet

Powell wore a pair of olive green trousers, matching tie and light blazer

Powell wore a pair of olive green trousers, matching tie and light blazer

Director Joseph Kosinski then remarked that the performers were also in charge of setting up their own shots while flying.

‘The actors also had to learn how to run cameras, because when they’re up in a jet, they had to direct themselves, essentially,’ he said.

Powell commented that, although asking cast members to fly planes and act at the same time was an intimidating task, Cruise wanted to elicit the best performances that he could from everyone in front of the cameras.

S.W.A.T. star Jack Schumacher looked cool in a black suit and matching loafers

S.W.A.T. star Jack Schumacher looked cool in a black suit and matching loafers

Grateful: Danny Ramirez flashed a bright smile as he arrived

Grateful: Danny Ramirez flashed a bright smile as he arrived

Air National Guard Special Assistant to the Director Brigadier General Jim C. Chow and Kelsey Asbille are pictured

Air National Guard Special Assistant to the Director Brigadier General Jim C. Chow and Kelsey Asbille are pictured

‘Everyone thought it would be impossible for actors to really be in the jets, but that’s the gift that Tom gave us,’ he said.

Jay Ellis described the project as ‘definitely the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. All of the training one hundred percent prepared us.’

Cruise concluded by stating: ‘I’m very proud of what we all accomplished. Each one of them is extraordinary.’

Atmosphere seen arriving to the Top Gun: Maverick

Atmosphere seen arriving to the Top Gun: Maverick

Fancy: The premiere was made as memorable as possible for guests

Fancy: The premiere was made as memorable as possible for guests

Walking away with something: Many fans received dark blue hats with yellow lettering that read'Top Gun' along the front

Walking away with something: Many fans received dark blue hats with yellow lettering that read ‘Top Gun’ along the front

Aviation aficionado: Cruise had massive amount of fans go wild for him as he chats with them on aircraft carrier in San Diego

Aviation aficionado: Cruise had massive amount of fans go wild for him as he chats with them on aircraft carrier in San Diego

Huge crowds! Hundreds of people came out to the event that took place on the Midway

Huge crowds! Hundreds of people came out to the event that took place on the Midway

Saying hello: Tom Cruise stopped and chatted with a number of fans

Saying hello: Tom Cruise stopped and chatted with a number of fans

Excited: Fans rocked Top Gun t-shirts as they waited to catch a glimpse of some of their favorite stars

Excited: Fans rocked Top Gun t-shirts as they waited to catch a glimpse of some of their favorite stars

What an event: The premiere was decked out for the occasion

What an event: The premiere was decked out for the occasion

Special night: The premiere was held at the USS Midway Museum

Special night: The premiere was held at the USS Midway Museum 

Guests were dressed to impress

Guests were dressed to impress

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