US Navy Aircraft Carrier

Superstar Tom Cruise recently boarded an American aircraft carrier to film sequences for his upcoming film “Mission Impossible – Judgment Day – Part Two” off the coast of Italy.

Antonio Parente, head of the Apulia Film Commission, confirmed on March 2 that Cruise arrived in Bari, the capital of the Apulia region, on February 25.

The article goes on to say that on February 26, after spending the night at the Hotel Delle Nazioni in Bari, Cruise boarded a private chopper and headed to a US aircraft carrier to film scenes for the eighth “Mission Impossible” film.

Parente noted that the aircraft carrier in question is most likely the USS George HW Bush. When Cruise arrived on the US naval ship, she was near the Italian coast, but currently, she is “somewhere between Italy and Croatia,” he stated.

In addition, the head of the film commission indicated that Cruise is scheduled to wrap production and depart Italy by the end of this week. The American entertainment magazine Variety reports that Tom Cruise and filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie are currently on location in the Adriatic Sea filming flight sequences on an American aircraft carrier.

He was quick to add that while Paramount Italia and the Apulian Film Commission were collaborating, the Commission was helping with airport logistics for the filming of “Mission Impossible.”

The sequel “Doomsday – Part Two” will mark Cruise’s eighth film in Cruise’s “Mission Impossible.” Most of the filming locations for “Mission Impossible 8” have been kept secret.

According to reports, Paramount was not granted permission to film the scene on Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic. The June 2024 publication of “Doomsday – Part Two,” widely assumed to be a direct sequel to “Part One,” is rapidly approaching.

Nick Offerman, Vanessa Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson, and Hayley Atwell are other actors who will appear in the film directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft, attached to Attack Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, takes off from the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush
An F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft, attached to Attack Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, takes off from the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush

Cruise is known for doing dangerous stunts.

Cruise is known for performing daring stunts in his movies. In September 2022, a video showed Cruise performing a stunt for “Mission Impossible – Reckoning – Part One” sitting in a vintage World War II biplane flying over the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa.

Mission Impossible – Reckoning – Part One will be released this year.

In August 2022, he was seen filming an action scene with a helicopter in a “quite remote” and “very rugged” area of ​​the Lake District National Park in northwest England.

But, Cruise also shot a significant portion of last year’s smash “Top Gun: Maverick” on the USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Roosevelt aircraft carriers in San Diego.

The crowd was blown away by the daring stunts performed by Cruise throughout the film. A licensed pilot, the Hollywood actor piloted his own P-51 Mustang and many helicopters while filming.

The 2022 movie “Top Gun: Maverick,” The sequel, among the highest-grossing movies of last year, received rave reviews. But the Navy refused to let Cruise fly a F/A-18 fighter jet, as previously reported by the EurAsian Times.

Despite the actor’s experience flying military aircraft, the US Navy turned down Cruise’s request to fly a Super Hornet without giving any reason.

The most likely explanation is that a $70 million fighter jet was too expensive to hand out to someone without fighter pilot training.

As for the FA-18, Boeing recently disclosed that it will cease production of the Super Hornet fighter at the end of 2025, following the final delivery to the US Navy. If India were to place an order, the corporation indicated that production could be extended to 2027.

The company stated that it would continue to improve the current fleet of EA-18G Growlers and F/A-18 Super Hornets. The first is a carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft variant.

US Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter.
US Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter.

The first F/A-18 was released in 1983 after being developed by McDonnell Douglas, which merged with Boeing in 1997. This plane, or a derivative of it, is used by a number of countries, including the USA, Canada, Finland, Australia, and Malaysia.

The fate of the plane, however, has been in question of late. Due to the outdated design of the Super Hornet, the Navy decided not to purchase this aircraft after the fall of 2021.

Boeing says that by ending manufacturing of the F/A-18, it will be able to devote more resources to developing new crewed and uncrewed military aircraft and increasing production for other defense programs. The company announced plans to build three new facilities in San Luis, where the F/A-18 assembly line was located.