Still Feeling the Need for Speed? Tom Cruise Is Spotted Piloting a Helicopter in London

Tom Cruise Pilots a Helicopter While in London
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03/09/2016 AT 04:45 PM EST

Tom Cruise has returned to the skies – even if this time he's not dangling from the side of a plane.

The Top Gun star, 53, hopped in the pilot's seat of a helicopter for a flying lesson Monday in London.

The actor showed up to the lesson with a pair of white sneakers in his hand, and spent 45 minutes doing a pre-flight safety check. Once inside the cockpit, he reviewed maps and instruction manuals before taking off.

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The active star has long had a love of flying. Cruise got his airplane pilot's license in 1994, which fulfilled a long-held desire.

"One of my dreams, as a child, was to be able to fly an airplane," Cruise told PEOPLE in 2003. He started studying for the license when he was filming Top Gun.

While Cruise was shooting Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, he had the chance to realize another dream: flying on the outside of a plane. The movie's opening scene called on him to cling to the side of an A400 plane as it took off.

"It was intense," Cruise told PEOPLE about filming the stunt.

In July, Cruise said during an appearance at CinemaCon that, "I've done a lot of different things, and I've always wanted to do that."

Recently, Cruise met up with director Jerry Bruckheimer in New Orleans to discuss plans for Top Gun 2, which will feature Cruise reprising his famous Maverick role.
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