Actor Hugh Jackman getting ready to fly in an F-16.

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Wolverine Takes Flight In An F-16 Jet


Actor Hugh Jackman, aka Wolverine, visited the Air Force Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, last month and hopped a ride in an F-16.

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Hugh Jackman is a cool dude. First, he’s from Australia. Second, if you didn’t know he’s accomplished as a singer and a dancer. Third, he plays Wolverine.

Jackman recently pushed his cool factor to subzero. During a promotional tour for his new movie (“Eddie The Eagle”) he visited the Air Force Reserve Base In Fort Worth, Texas. He was there to show his support to the military but he also flew back seat in a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Watching this video should dissuade you from any notion that celebrities get a free pass for something as serious as riding in a military fighter plane. From getting suited up to the safety briefing, there’s nothing simple about it.

The thrill and opportunity of “joy riding” in an F-16 is balanced by the procedures required to do so. Actors, though, are probably well suited for the task. Costume, makeup, rehearsal, waiting to film … impatient actors wind up dealing with a lot of stress. Patient actors realize it’s all part of the process to doing the job the right way.

Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.