Mission Impossible Fallout: Sharing the sky with Tom Cruise

Lake Quill: The location of the Helicopter gun fight in Fallout, and one of the captive lakes seen on our return journey from Milford Sound.

Photo credit: Jason Charles Hill

The newly-released blockbuster boasts a star studded cast, including Tom Cruise, Henry Cavil, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson. As impressive as the cast is, we feel that it played second fiddle to some of the breath-taking filming locations. Milford Sound, Glenorchy and Queenstown were all used in the exhilarating helicopter scenes. Cruise spent two years getting his licence to create these daredevil scenes. These filming locations just so happen to be exactly where we fly over on our way to Milford Sound.

With stunning scenery in every direction, it’s no surprise that this part of the world has become popular with film makers. To note, Queenstown is the home of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Furthermore, Central Otago and Fiordland have since played host to many movies. These include The Water Horse (2007), Wolverine (2009), Top Of The Lake (2013) and Alien Covenant (2017).

Our region has a sterling  track record in the film industry. Alongside, we have some of the most impressive scenery in the world and special aviation laws that accommodate “stunt flying”. It was a no brainer to record the helicopter scenes for the latest installment of the Mission Impossible franchise here. Watching the movie gave us an exhilarating, and terrifying, perspective on a flight that we’re so familiar with. While we won’t be trying to recreate any of Cruise’s stunts in our fixed wing planes, it was definitely fun to watch.

If you would like to get an aerial view of all the incredible places mentioned above, without having to dangle from a rope a few thousand feet above the ground, then get in touch. We’d love to have you fly with us!


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