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User currently offlineMissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 16274 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.

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Any others?

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User currently offlineIPFreely From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 16244 times:

Several golfers including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and most recently Phil Mickelson are pilots who have flown their own business jets.

Two New York Yankee baseball players have been killed piloting their own planes -- Cory Lidle last year and Thurman Munson.

Actor Harrison Ford is also an avid ameteur pilot.

User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2368 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 16241 times:

Harrison Ford
Tom Cruise
Among others....


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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7387 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 16241 times:
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Quoting MissedApproach (Thread starter):
Any others?

Tom Cruise
Angelina Jolie
Harrison Ford
Richard Gere(I believe)

Made from jets!
User currently offlineDl_mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 16220 times:

Not sure if he is current, but the actor who played Joe Patroni, George Kennedy.

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 16212 times:

Michael Dorn (Star Trek)


Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek)

On 19 June 1947 he was deadheading on a Pan Am plane when it crashed in the Syrian desert, killing 7 of 9 crew and 7 of 26 passengers on board.


User currently offlineIcLCY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 16178 times:

Tony Underwood - former international rugby player for EZY

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 16144 times:

A lot of NASCAR drivers as well...

Ricky Rudd
Carl Edwards
Matt Kenseth
Greg Biffle (helicopter)
Mark Martin
Rusty Wallace
Jack Roush (owner)
Bobby Allison (retired)

The good old days: Delta L-1011s at MSY
User currently offlineMissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 16124 times:

Quoting CitationJet (Reply 2):
Among others....


 sigh  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.

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User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3067 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 16015 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.

[Edited 2007-04-10 04:00:23]

User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2458 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 16010 times:

Quoting IcLCY (Reply 6):
Tony Underwood - former international rugby player for EZY

Tony is now a first officer for Virgin on the A340-600


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 15906 times:

Quoting Rampart (Reply 9):
Jimmy Stewart, WWII bomber pilot.

Not only was he a pilot during WWII, he retired from the USAF Reserve as a Brigadier General.

Some others I know of:

Patrick Swayze owns/operates a twin Cessna, not sure what type.

Justine Bateman

Dennis Quaid

User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 15885 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 7):
Jack Roush (owner)

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.

He wasn't going slow.  Wink


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User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2769 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 15789 times:

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are pilots too but I guess private pilots.
I remember when Aalyah the pop singer was killed in her plane crash although she not a pilot herself.

Expanding my global domination one spotter at a time..
User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4696 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15712 times:

Quoting Dl_mech (Reply 4):
but the actor who played Joe Patroni, George Kennedy.

Who incidentally, also played Mike Bellamy in The Flight of the Phoenix.

"Everyone is entitled to my opinion." - Garfield
User currently offlineTsl1011 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15694 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.

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15677 times:

Dexter Holland (Offspring's lead singer) is a very accomplished pilot... ATP, CFI, multiple type ratings. Owns and flies his own CitationJet that he has apparently, set some records with.

User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7128 posts, RR: 87
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15649 times:

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 11):
Dennis Quaid

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.

User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 934 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 15516 times:

H.R.H. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand is a qualified civil pilot and flew a special flight in January this year aboard a TG B737 to raise funds for victims of flooding in the north of the country. Link to the story is here: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/sear...h/page.news.php?clid=3&id=30023428

Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineRavel From Finland, joined Feb 2006, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 15436 times:

Do not forget Bud Spencer who has also been a professional pilot and running a helicopter airline - and in his movies he has had a role of a pilot.

User currently offlineSteve332 From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 15324 times:

I beleive Bon Jovi's Drummer Tico Torres is a private pilot, I dont know what ratings he has tho!.

User currently offlineMustang304 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 15212 times:

You can check out if they are FAA registered pilots here:

For example:


County LOS ANGELES Zip Code 90049-2930
Country USA


Medical Class: Third Medical Date: 2/2001


1 of 1

DOI: 6/17/1994
Certificate: PRIVATE PILOT

Type Ratings


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 15200 times:

Alex Lifeson of Rush is a licensed pilot.

Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 15163 times:

Quoting MissedApproach (Thread starter):
Bruce Dickinson who is paid as FO by a UK charter airline, Astraeus.

He was FO on my flight to Corsica two years ago. that month they had an article about him in their magazine, one minute i am reaqding it the next he comes out of the cock pit.........spooky!

User currently offlineCJAContinental From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 15138 times:

Michael Dorn, the guy who played Worf from Star Trek is also an avid pilot, I think he flies learjets and stuff like that.

Work Hard/Fly Right.
25 Rdwelch : I would be dumbstruck....that was way cool... Gus
26 ShyFlyer : I watched a show on the now defunct Discovery Wings that featured celebrity pilots. On the episode that featured him, he owned and flew a Saberliner,
27 Post contains links and images CO7e7 : The late King Hussain of Jordan. He used to fly a L1011. read the comments by the photographer. View Large View MediumPhoto © Erik Sleutelberg Ch
28 Jwenting : Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands is type rated on the Fokker 70 (and I think the P-3C), he flies commercially for KLM when needed to s
29 RIXrat : Of course, we can't forget the legendary Niki Lauda.
30 Dazbo5 : What about Prince Andrew, Duke Of York. He flew a Sea King in the Falklands. He's also flown the Lynx and I'm sure other rotary and fixed wing aircraf
31 Brettbrett21 : Does anyone know the exact ratings and licenses that John Travolta has. Regular TV doesn't go into detail when talking about it other then ''he owns a
32 Radiocheck : Check out Dexter Holland's info, courtesy FAA records: Address Street street City GREEN BAY State WI County BROWN Zip Code 54313-9004 Country USA ----
33 Brettbrett21 : I managed to answer my own question, re: John Travolta: Medical Medical Class: First Medical Date: 9/2005 Certificates 1 of 1 DOI: 12/12/2005 Certific
34 Springbok295 : Also Prince Charles is a pilot, I vaguely remember when I was child in Zimbabwe when Prince Charles came on an official visit in the early 1980's he a
35 Brettbrett21 : Radiocheck I think you have the wrong "Dexter" Holland, this is the result for Bryan Keith Holland, DOB 29th Dec 1965: BRYAN KEITH HOLLAND Address Str
36 1stfl94 : I could be wrong but I think Ayrton Senna was qualified on the HS125. He certainly used to fly helicopters between his country and city homes in Brazi
37 Post contains links Brettbrett21 : According to (highly reliable...) Wikipedia: The military training of the Prince of Wales took place in the early 1970s. It included helicopter flyin
38 TACAA320 : Among the "old" ones: Howard Hughes.
39 NASCARAirforce : Isn't Tony Stewart also? As well as one of the Labontes. Bruce Dickenson, singer of Iron Maiden not only flies for Astraeus, but also owns a Cessna 4
40 Radiocheck : Ahhhhh....Bryan with a y.... SoCal makes about 5,000 times more sense than Greenbay. rc
41 Cardiffairtaxi : Also ex England Rugby Rory Underwood,was RAF pilot on Canberra's.
42 Longhaulheavy : Steve Christoff, a forward on the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team, is a Mesaba pilot.
43 Falstaff : Whoever this guy is; A DC-9 and a 747-400 are a lot different. I would think going from a DC-9 to a 747 would be a big jump, without anything in betw
44 FXramper : Indeed you are correct - about one thing. Dexter Holland, lead singer for Offspring, is indeed type-rated for 747-400 and DC9. However, he's not empl
45 71Zulu : Tony, but not sure, but Bobby LaBonte is indeed a pilot and how could I forget Bill Elliott, who among others, owns a Lancair IV prop-jet. Jeff Burto
46 Falstaff : Didn't Richard Burton fly during the WWII? Bob Barker, of Price is Right fame, flew during the WWII, but I don't think he ever saw any action.
47 Post contains links and images LTU932 : I wanted to mention His Majesty King Hussein as well. It is said that he was personally at the controls when flying to a state visit many times. Don'
48 LGA777 : Not sure if he still own's it but at one time Micheal Dorn owned a classic Saberliner Biz Jet ! Cheers LGA777
49 MissedApproach : Come to think of it, I remember reading in Gerald Donaldson's biography about Gilles Villeneuve that he flew a helicopter to many of the F1 races in
50 Ravel : Well, of course both George Bushes are (or, have been) pilots - but not private pilots.
51 Jawed : My god. The fact that Tom Cruise is a pilot is disturbing. From what I've seen of him, his IQ is about as high as the ground. It is honestly scary tha
52 Tsl1011 : No, Randy was a passenger (along with the band's hairdresser). The driver of their tour bus was piloting the plane.
53 Steve332 : Im told he is now an F/O on the A346 with VS Actually I heard it on this thread yesterday.[Edited 2007-04-11 13:34:30]
54 Kdm : How about the Sultan of Brunei. Apparently he often flies his 747 and likes doing "touch and goes" for fun. Also apparently no one really knows if he
55 Ferengi80 : Niki Lauda, former Formula One racing driver, former owner of Lauda Air, and now owner of Niki, is an accomplished pilot. I used to work for the handi
56 DeltaAVL : Yep! He was test pilot for his own planes, maker and PIC of the Spruce Goose, and a FO for TWA for a little while. He had quite the aviation career.
57 StarGuy : That is his brother Tony, also an ex England Rugby star. I have had the pleasure of flying with him on a few occasions and he is a great guy.
58 Steve332 : Thats the one!!! I knew I got something wrong.
59 NASCARAirforce : I believe he owns a P-51D Shows that people don't read the previous messages
60 757767lover : Martin Shaw actor star of tv progs Judge John Deed and The Profestionals, and if I am not mistaken Gary Newman (from the band Cars) who is a licenced
61 AeroWeanie : The FAA database lists them as having civil licenses: GEORGE WALKER BUSH Address Address is not available Medical No Medical Available Certificates 1
62 A340600 : I thought he did this unpaid just for the fun of it?
63 Falstaff : Did any other presidents fly? What is a licensed display pilot? Is that the type who flies banners aound events?
64 Post contains images SA006 : Roald Dahl flew Hurricanes in WWII. Other than that , can't add more to whats been mentioned -SA006
65 Post contains images JetBlueLuv : I'd have to say Angelina Jolie is certainly the hottest celeb to be a pilot!
66 Post contains images MarioSPlane : Greg Norman flies his helicopters... And I think he also flies his BBJ. Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise used to be pretty good with the Tomcats......
67 Post contains links and images StealthZ : I don't beleive Greg Norman has a BBJ, he slums around in a G-V SP View Large View Medium Photo © Phil Vabre Cheers[Edited 2007-04-12 08:46:11]
68 MarioSPlane : Oi !! I´ve read that in Golf Digest, not much time after the '96 Masters drama. And it was mentioned as "a 35 million dollars B737". Thanks for the
69 Max777geek : Am I wrong or he deliberately crashed the plane with suicide/homicide intents as being the hairdresser ex ?
70 StealthZ : You most likely did but things didn't work out. I believe that GN was supposed to be "launch customer" for BBJ but after signing on he discovered it
71 Dtwclipper : I don't think anyone mentioned the late John Denver.
72 Vfw614 : At least two Austrian ski-long-jumpers who won medals at Olympic games/ World Championships became pilots with Tyrolean Airways after their sports car
73 DeltaRules : Also, ex-ESPN NASCAR pit reporter (think he has a show on Sirius now) John Kernan is a pilot. Not NASCAR, but IRL driver Dario Franchitti flies helic
74 MadameConcorde : Has anybody mentioned Indira Gandhi's sons yet? Rajiv Gandhi used to fly for Indian Airlines as a professional pilot before he went into politics. He
75 Ferengi80 : Noel Edmonds, British celebrity and host of "Deal or No Deal" is a qualified helicopter pilot.
76 Post contains links Ferengi80 : According to the website www.celebritypilots.com Dwight D. Eisenhower was also a qualified pilot
77 Jamesbaldwyn : James May the older bloke from Top Gear has a PPL - He did the famous race in a 172 against the Bugatti Veyron :D
78 Cardiffairtaxi : Ive seen Gary Numan at a few airshows. He flew an old prop fighter painted with the Japanese white and red sun,and did a mock "Pearl Harbour" battle,
79 Egmcman : The drummer from Blur is a GA Pilot and flown from SEN Carol Barnes who used to be a news presenter is also has flying licence.
80 AeroWeanie : His license is in his birth certificate name: HENRY JOHN DEUTSCHENDORF JR Address Address is not available Medical No Medical Available Certificates
81 LCFreeman49 : I think Tom Brady is a pilot, anyone know if I am on the mark?
82 Post contains links MadameConcorde : HONOLULU - Legendary crooner Don Ho, who entertained tourists for decades wearing raspberry-tinted sunglasses and singing the catchy signature tune "T
83 Threepoint : Is it a waste of taxpayer money when any military aviator retires or ceases flying? He filled his service obligation and leaves no debt to the Britis
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