Tom Cruise's Fighter Jet Rides Pay the US Navy Up to $11,374 an Hour

Tom Cruise was given F/A-18 Super Hornets by the US Navy for the next "Top Gun" film.

The only catch: the studio paid up to $11,374 per hour to use the powerful fighter planes, and Cruise was not allowed to operate them.

Tom Cruise is known for doing his own stunts, and he insisted that all of the actors playing pilots in the long-awaited "Top Gun: Maverick" picture fly in one of Boeing's fighter jets.

so they may get a sense of what it's like to be a pilot operating under the influence of massive gravitational forces

Cruise, 59, had previously flown in a jet for the 1986 smash hit "Top Gun."

Cruise flew more than a dozen flights for the new film, but non-military persons are not allowed to manage any Defense Department asset other than small arms in training scenarios, according to a Pentagon law.

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