The Private World of Katie Holmes

04/13/2006 at 06:00 AM EDT

The Private World of Katie Holmes
I went, 'You're gonna tell me if you're pregnant, aren't you?' . . . And I knew at that moment she was pregnant. 'Cuz I notice things in people," says Cruise in GQ.
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It was a scene straight out of a Tom Cruise blockbuster: the hero in the cockpit of a 1944 P-51 Mustang fighter plane, a beautiful girl on the tarmac, and the roar of the jet's engines as it tore across a Mojave Desert sky.

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But on this March day there were no movie cameras, just a pumped-up Cruise at the controls of his own plane – emblazoned with the words "Kiss Me Kate" – while his very pregnant fiancée, Katie Holmes, and the crew from a GQ magazine shoot looked on.

"Tom performed a perfect landing," says photographer Brigitte Lacombe. "Then he jumped out onto the runway in his flight helmet. It was perfect." And what did Holmes think? As she later told the crew, "I feel like the coolest girl in the world."

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