Tom Cruise takes to the skies in a World War II biplane

Tom Cruise has been spotted flying a World War II biplane as he begins practising for reported dog fight stunt scenes in the next Mission: Impossible movie.   

The Top Gun actor, 59, could be seen learning to fly a 1943 Boeing-Stearman Model 75 with the help of ex-German Air Force pilot Klaus Plasa.

Tom is reportedly practicing in the former military training plane so that he can perform stunt scenes in the next chapter of the Mission: Impossible franchise, after recently wrapping filming on the seventh film. 

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Stunt man: Tom Cruise has been spotted flying a World War II biplane as he begins practising for reported dog fight stunt scenes in the next Mission: Impossible movie

The video showed him taking to the skies four times as he flew short circles around the runway in windy conditions at Duxford Airfield, Cambridge on September 29.

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Tom was joined at the airfield by film crews who rigged his Model 75, which was once used to train US Air Force and RAF pilots, with two film cameras.

Tom already has a helicopter license and a fixed-wings pilots licence.

Skills: The Top Gun actor, 59, could be seen learning to fly a 1943 Boeing-Stearman Model 75 with the help of ex-German Air Force pilot Klaus Plasa

Exciting: Tom (pictured in black on the runway) is reportedly practicing in the former military training plane so that he can perform stunt scenes in the next chapter of Mission: Impossible

A plane spotter who captured Tom’s flying lessons said that the actor was ‘doing a good job’ in the Boeing-Stearman.

Stephen Keeler, 65, said: ‘He certainly wasn’t dangerous.

‘It was also a windy day so as he lands the wind is going across him, which would lift and turn the wings.

Here we go! The video showed him taking to the skies four times as he flew short circles around the runway in windy conditions at Duxford Airfield, Cambridge on September 29

Taking to the skies: Tom was joined at the airfield by film crews who rigged his Model 75, which was once used to train US Air Force and RAF pilots, with two film cameras

Impressive: Tom (far right) already has a helicopter license and a fixed-wings pilots licence

‘He’s doing a good job as far as I can see. All he’s doing is taking off and doing a circuit within the view of the airport.

‘He was probably landing on the grass because it’s better for those types of aircraft.

‘There was an element of filming going on.

‘I’m guessing they’re filming Mission: Impossible 8, I know they were filming them back-to-back.’

Well done: A plane spotter who captured Tom’s flying lessons said that the actor was ‘doing a good job’ in the Boeing-Stearman

Pricey: It is understood that Tom’s flying lessons are being held privately at the aircraft restoration facility at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire

Big plans: It comes after last week 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 is understood that Tom’s flying lessons are being held privately at the aircraft restoration facility at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire.

A representative for Tom has been contacted by MailOnline for further comment.  

It comes after last week 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. 

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

In action: Tom (right) has often performed his own stunts and previously scaled Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building

1943 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. 

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

‘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.’ 

Tom has often performed his own stunts and previously scaled Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.  

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.

The couple had been pictured in character on set and on location as they shoot the seventh instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise – often seen in tense action sequences together.

They turned up to Wimbledon’s 12th day on July 10, both smiling, sitting together in the VIP box and enjoying the tennis.

Since then, they have been pictured in Birmingham, filming scenes for the high-octane films, gladly greeting fans.

The duo were at Birmingham’s Bullring & Grand Central shopping centre in August, after Mission: Impossible 7 filming was paused and delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They were said to have become ‘fairly inseparable’ after they ‘hit it off from day one’ on the film.

A source told The Sun last December: ‘Tom and Hayley hit it off from day one. Lockdown, and all the difficulties that came with it, brought them even closer and they’ve become fairly inseparable.

‘They’ve been meeting up after hours, and she’s been to his London pad. They get on brilliantly, and both seem very happy.’

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

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

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

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Popular: The Boeing Stearman Model 75 was the most prolific American biplane trainer aircraft of the Second World War (stock image pictured)