MissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 18680 times:
The title pretty much sums it up- which celebrities are also qualified pilots? I'm sure everyone knows of some. For instance, John Travolta & John Denver are pretty well known as also being pilots. Less well known are Morgan Freeman, Sidney Pollack (who flies a Citation X as FO), & Bruce Dickinson who is paid as FO by a UK charter airline, Astraeus.
Once again, proof that searching the forum seldom works.
Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 5): On 19 June 1947 he was deadheading on a Pan Am plane when it crashed in the Syrian desert
I didn't know that about Rodennberry, but I was going to use that topic in another thread- celebrities that have survived serious or fatal crashes. For instance, F1 driver David Coulthard survived this crash in 2000 along with his wife & his manager. The flight crew was killed.
Rampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3185 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 18421 times:
Jimmy Stewart, WWII bomber pilot.
Clark Gable also flew in WWII, but not sure if he actually piloted.
There's a metal rock star who flies his own plane, and I can't recall who it is.
Edit: I answered my own question, but MissedApproach already mentioned him in the original post. Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden is the airline pilot I was trying to think of. I didn't recognize the name at first.
One day in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I was holding short of the runway, preparing to call tower for departure, when I heard Jack call Ann Arbor tower. He was inbound from Willow Run, and requested a low pass.
Naturally, I opted to sit there for a minute before keying the mic.
A few moments later, Jack tore past me in his P-51....about 50 feet above and 50 feet to the side of me.
Tsl1011 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 18100 times:
Quoting Rampart (Reply 9): There's a metal rock star who flies his own plane, and I can't recall who it is.
I know you were thinking of Bruce Dickenson, however (according to his Wikipedia bio) former Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo now works as a charter pilot and has type ratings on Learjets and the HS125.
Met Dennis Quaid along with Billy Bob Thornton at Spicewood Airport (88R) during their filming of the Alamo in Austin, Texas. Quaid was flying a Piper Cherokee back in forth from the Horshoe Bay Resort/Airport during off days filming the movie. Super nice guys.
Took this photo flying over the Alamo set on a off day.