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Action man Tom Cruise piloted his own chopper as he arrived at Battersea heliport in London on Wednesday night.

The Mission Impossible actor, 59, is a keen aviator and fell in love with flying while filming the original Top Gun, which was released in 1986.

The Hollywood star looked like his regular self again after some thought he looked unrecognisable while attending an LA Dodgers game last month. 

Impressive: Action man Tom Cruise piloted his own chopper as he arrived at Battersea heliport in London on Wednesday night

Impressive: Action man Tom Cruise piloted his own chopper as he arrived at Battersea heliport in London on Wednesday night

Tom got his private pilot's license in 1994 and has been active in the flying community ever since.

It comes after on Wednesday he took to the skies in a 1941 Boeing B75N1 Stearman biplane during a flying lesson as he prepared to film Mission Impossible 8. 

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While flying the helicopter in London on Wednesday evening, Tom looked in the zone with his ear piece on and was accompanied by a man in the seat next to him. 

He looked to be concentrating on landing the helicopter and wore an all-black ensemble for the outing. 

Stunt man: The Mission Impossible actor, 59, is a keen aviator and fell in love with flying while filming the original Top Gun, which was released in 1986

Stunt man: The Mission Impossible actor, 59, is a keen aviator and fell in love with flying while filming the original Top Gun, which was released in 1986

It comes a day after he was spotted at Duxford for yet another flying lesson on the biplane. 

It was previously reported that the Minority Report star was learning to fly a World War II biplane for the eighth installment of the action franchise. 

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

The insider went on: '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.' 

The action man is renowned for doing his own stunts in his films, and it appears the eighth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise will be no be different. 

Busy: It comes after on Wednesday he took to the skies in a 1941 Boeing B75N1 Stearman biplane during a flying lesson as he prepared to film Mission Impossible 8

Busy: It comes after on Wednesday he took to the skies in a 1941 Boeing B75N1 Stearman biplane during a flying lesson as he prepared to film Mission Impossible 8

Cruise holds a helicopter license and a fixed-wings pilot's license.    

The outing comes after the thespian recently shocked fans with his changing appearance while at an LA Dodgers game.

Last month Cruise appeared almost unrecognisable to some fans, as he enjoyed Game 2 of the National League Division Series in San Francisco.

Changing faces: Last month Cruise appeared almost unrecognisable to some fans, as he enjoyed Game 2 of the National League Division Series in San Francisco (October 9 2021)

Changing faces: Last month Cruise appeared almost unrecognisable to some fans, as he enjoyed Game 2 of the National League Division Series in San Francisco (October 9 2021)

Cruise was enjoying a night out at Oracle Park to watch the San Francisco Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers with his son Connor, 26, by his side on October 9.

While many Twitter users genuinely appeared skeptical that it was indeed Cruise at the game, others likened his appearance to Canadian stand-up Norm Macdonald, the former SNL star who passed away last month. 

Others speculated as to how the actor's face had changed.

'Tom Cruise has either gained weight, or he has a face full of fillers. I'm going with the fillers,' one person wrote. 

Raising eyebrows... and questions: Twitter reacted over the weekend as many fans wanted to know what Tom Cruise had done to make himself look different

Raising eyebrows... and questions: Twitter reacted over the weekend as many fans wanted to know what Tom Cruise had done to make himself look different 

Raising eyebrows... and questions: Twitter reacted over the weekend as many fans wanted to know what Tom had done to make himself look different

Raising eyebrows... and questions: Twitter reacted over the weekend as many fans wanted to know what Tom had done to make himself look different

'Tom Cruise has either gained weight, or he has a face full of fillers. I'm going with the fillers,' one person wrote.   

Another simply asked: 'What has Tom Cruise done to his face?'

However, some leaped to his defense, with a fan arguing: 'Tom Cruise putting some weight on in his face because he's prob not filming a movie requiring him to be in not-human shape and getting memed all over for it feels awfully yucky to me.'

Another Twitter user wrote: 'At first I felt a little bad that everyone was making fun of Tom Cruise's face because it honestly looks like some sort of side effect to me.' 

They added: 'But then I remembered he's spent decades criticizing people for taking meds. Drag that pillow face.' 

It comes after Tom was recently said to have split from his co-star Hayley Atwell. 

Defending the star: Another user pointed out this changing appearance could be down to having a break from his grueling filming schedule

Defending the star: Another user pointed out this changing appearance could be down to having a break from his grueling filming schedule 

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