Tom Cruise offered to take Lewis Hamilton for a ride in his P51 Mustang plane
AUSTIN, Texas — Lewis Hamilton intends to take up Tom Cruise’s offer to fly in his P51 Mustang and wants to get his own pilot’s license.
Hamilton considered starring alongside Cruise in the recent movie “Top Gun: Maverick,” but couldn’t find a way to combine filming commitments with his racing schedule.
However, Cruise has offered Hamilton a flight in his vintage plane, a WWII P51 Mustang, which is featured in the film, and the Mercedes pilot intends to accept the offer.
“Tom has an amazing WWII plane and he tells me ‘every time you want to get in it’ and I’ve never been in it,” Hamilton told ESPN. “I think he took James Corden a while ago, so I have to get on it.”
Hamilton recently raced his Mercedes W12 car against an L-39 Albatross jet as part of a promotional event with a team sponsor. He said he had been given a stint at the controls and intended to take time out of his schedule to obtain his own pilot’s license.
“It was amazing!” said Hamilton. “I had ridden a red arrow many years ago but it was a slightly faster jet and had more play. I was barrel rolling, looping back, looping forward – from the moment we took off, I was in control.
“He took off the track and then he gave me the stick and it was amazing, it was crazy. I can’t wait to do it again, I can’t wait to do it more.
“I’m already researching how and when I can get my pilot’s license because I know Tom is fully licensed and amazing in helicopters and airplanes. He’s been telling me for ages to get a flight simulator, so I think it’s about time.
“I can drive just about anything with a motor – I was born with it. It’s a gift I guess I have.”