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Tom Cruise takes to the skies in a Boeing-Stearman Model 75 World War II biplane

Tom Cruise was spotted at Duxford Airfield in Cambridge on Tuesday as he continued flying lessons ahead of filming for Mission Impossible 8.

The Hollywood actor, 59, jetted into the airfield via a B3 helicopter, with Tom seen sporting a brown jumpsuit as he stood by the craft, before donning a helmet and jumping into the cockpit.

He then boarded a 1941 Boeing B75N1 Stearman biplane which was seen flying around the area before coming to land again.

Practice makes perfect: Tom Cruise was spotted at Duxford Airfield in Cambridge on Tuesday as he continued flying lessons ahead of filming for Mission Impossible 8

Here we go! The Hollywood actor, 59, jetted into the airfield via a B3 helicopter before starting his flying session

Here we go! The Hollywood actor, 59, jetted into the airfield via a B3 helicopter before starting his flying session

The plane is said to have flown for 30 minutes before landing and being wheeled back into the hanger, with Tom pictured in a black helmet and brown flight suit.

The film star only just wrapped on filming for Mission Impossible 7 in September, but he’s already back in action as filming for Mission: Impossible 8 is set to kick off.

And in preparation, Tom, who has been spotted at the airfield several times recent weeks, is taking flying lessons in a bid to film what will no doubt be a jaw-dropping scene. 

Out and about: Tom seen sporting a brown jumpsuit as he stood by the craft, before donning a helmet and jumping into the cockpit

Out and about: Tom seen sporting a brown jumpsuit as he stood by the craft, before donning a helmet and jumping into the cockpit

Famous: The Boeing Stearman Model 75 was the most prolific American biplane trainer aircraft of the Second World War

Famous: The Boeing Stearman Model 75 was the most prolific American biplane trainer aircraft of the Second World War

Checking it out: He looked around the plane before he got inside and started the session

Curious: He checked it was all fit to fly

Checking it out: He looked around the plane before he got inside and started the session

Incredible machine: The Model 75 is a tandem two-seat biplane with dual controls

Incredible machine: The Model 75 is a tandem two-seat biplane with dual controls

Group: The crew were out and about for the flying lesson (Tom is seen far right)

Group: The crew were out and about for the flying lesson (Tom is seen far right)

He means business! Tom looked serious as he put his helmet on and climbed into the plane

He means business! Tom looked serious as he put his helmet on and climbed into the plane

It was previously reported that the Minority Report star was learning to fly a World War II for the eighth installment of the action franchise. 

A source told The Sun : ‘Tom had started to learn to fly a Boeing Stearman biplane earlier this year for a major stunt scene in Mission: Impossible 8.

‘It’s obviously a highly skilled task but as usual he has no plans to cut any corners or bring in a stuntman.’

Taking to the skies: He looked every inch the flying expert as he whizzed through the skies

Taking to the skies: He looked every inch the flying expert as he whizzed through the skies

Chatting: He stopped to talk to a woman after her has landed back on the ground

Chatting: He stopped to talk to a woman after her has landed back on the ground

No rest! Tom has just recently finished filming the 7th film in the popular movie series and has now begun on the 8th

Talking: He chatted to a group of people

No rest! Tom has just recently finished filming the 7th film in the popular movie series and has now begun on the 8th

Impressive: Cruise holds a helicopter license and a fixed-wings pilot's license

Impressive: Cruise holds a helicopter license and a fixed-wings pilot’s license

All aboard! The action man is renowned for doing his own stunts in his films

Yay! It appears the eighth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise will be no be different

All aboard! The action man is renowned for doing his own stunts in his films, and it appears the eighth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise will be no be different

Take off! He took off with ease and was flying for around 30 minutes

Take off! He took off with ease and was flying for around 30 minutes 

The insider went on: ‘Filming has only just wrapped on Mission: Impossible 7 but Tom has not given himself a break. And trying to film jaw-dropping scenes with an 80-year-old plane is particularly dangerous.’ 

The action man is renowned for doing his own stunts in his films, and it appears the eighth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise will be no be different. 

Cruise holds a helicopter license and a fixed-wings pilot’s license.  

There he is: Tom arrived to the airfield in a helicopter

There he is: Tom arrived to the airfield in a helicopter

Flying high: Tom boarded a 1941 Boeing B75N1 Stearman biplane which was seen flying around the area before coming to land again

Flying high: Tom boarded a 1941 Boeing B75N1 Stearman biplane which was seen flying around the area before coming to land again

Ready for action: The Hollywood actor jetted into the airfield via a B3 helicopter, with Tom seen sporting a bright blue jumper as he stood by the craft

Ready for action: The Hollywood actor jetted into the airfield via a B3 helicopter, with Tom seen sporting a bright blue jumper as he stood by the craft

Jet set: The film star only just wrapped on filming for Mission Impossible 7 in September, but he's already back in action as filming for Mission: Impossible 8 is set to kick off

Jet set: The film star only just wrapped on filming for Mission Impossible 7 in September, but he’s already back in action as filming for Mission: Impossible 8 is set to kick off

Off he goes: in preparation, Tom, who has been spotted at the airfield several times recent weeks, is taking flying lessons in a bid to film what will no doubt be a jaw-dropping scene

Take to the skies: Tom is seen sitting aboard the bright yellow aircraft

Off he goes: in preparation, Tom, who has been spotted at the airfield several times recent weeks, is taking flying lessons in a bid to film what will no doubt be a jaw-dropping scene

Plane spotting: The plane is said to have flown for 30 minutes before landing and being wheeled back into the hanger, with Tom pictured in a black helmet and brown flight suit

Plane spotting: The plane is said to have flown for 30 minutes before landing and being wheeled back into the hanger, with Tom pictured in a black helmet and brown flight suit

Soaring: The action man is renowned for doing his own stunts in his films, and it appears the eighth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise will be no be different

Soaring: The action man is renowned for doing his own stunts in his films, and it appears the eighth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise will be no be different

Ready to fly: Cruise holds a helicopter license and a fixed-wings pilot's license

Ready to fly: Cruise holds a helicopter license and a fixed-wings pilot’s license

Action man: Tom has been taking flying lessons in preparation for a major stunt on Mission Impossible 8

Action man: Tom has been taking flying lessons in preparation for a major stunt on Mission Impossible 8

1941 Boeing-Stearman Model 75 

The Boeing Stearman Model 75 was the most prolific American biplane trainer aircraft of the Second World War.

Over 10,000 were built and they were the first aircraft flown by many of America’s WWII fighter pilots.

In the post-war years thousands of them were sold into private ownership as military surplus where they became popular leisure aircraft. 

They were famously robust aircraft with strong landing gear – an important feature when teaching new pilots how to fly. 

The Model 75 is a tandem two-seat biplane with dual controls.

It was designed with a distinctive unfaired radial engine upfront that helped give the aircraft its signature flying characteristics. 

The aircraft was designed and built before Boeing became involved.

 Originally it was just known as the Stearman Kaydet as it had been developed by the Stearman Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. 

The outing comes after the thespian recently shocked fans with his changing appearance while at an LA Dodgers game.

Last month Cruise appeared almost unrecognisable to some fans, as he enjoyed Game 2 of the National League Division Series in San Francisco.

Cruise was enjoying a night out at Oracle Park to watch the San Francisco Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers with his son Connor, 26, by his side on October 9.

While many Twitter users genuinely appeared skeptical that it was indeed Cruise at the game, others likened his appearance to Canadian stand-up Norm Macdonald, the former SNL star who passed away last month. 

Others speculated as to how the actor’s face had changed.

‘Tom Cruise has either gained weight, or he has a face full of fillers. I’m going with the fillers,’ one person wrote. 

‘Tom Cruise has either gained weight, or he has a face full of fillers. I’m going with the fillers,’ one person wrote.   

Another simply asked: ‘What has Tom Cruise done to his face?’

However, some leaped to his defense, with a fan arguing: ‘Tom Cruise putting some weight on in his face because he’s prob not filming a movie requiring him to be in not-human shape and getting memed all over for it feels awfully yucky to me.’

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘At first I felt a little bad that everyone was making fun of Tom Cruise’s face because it honestly looks like some sort of side effect to me.’ 

They added: ‘But then I remembered he’s spent decades criticizing people for taking meds. Drag that pillow face.’  

It comes after Tom was recently said to have split from his co-star Hayley Atwell.

An insider told The Sun about the split: ‘It has been a very intense period of filming together. They really got on well – but as the latest film winds down they’ve decided to go back to being friends.

‘Their filming schedules are very full-on, and Tom has a number of other commitments coming up and is always shooting around by private helicopter and jet so it just ran its course.

‘But they’re still happy to work together. It’s a shame, but just one of those things. They still get on well.’

MailOnline contacted both Tom and Hayley’s representatives for comment at the time.

Changing faces: Last month Cruise appeared almost unrecognisable to some fans, as he enjoyed Game 2 of the National League Division Series in San Francisco (October 9 2021)

Changing faces: Last month Cruise appeared almost unrecognisable to some fans, as he enjoyed Game 2 of the National League Division Series in San Francisco (October 9 2021)

Raising eyebrows... and questions: Twitter reacted over the weekend as many fans wanted to know what Tom Cruise had done to make himself look different

Raising eyebrows… and questions: Twitter reacted over the weekend as many fans wanted to know what Tom Cruise had done to make himself look different 

Raising eyebrows... and questions: Twitter reacted over the weekend as many fans wanted to know what Tom Cruise had done to make himself look different

Raising eyebrows… and questions: Twitter reacted over the weekend as many fans wanted to know what Tom Cruise had done to make himself look different

Defending the star: Another user pointed out this changing appearance could be down to having a break from his grueling filming schedule

Defending the star: Another user pointed out this changing appearance could be down to having a break from his grueling filming schedule 

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