Remember going gaga over Tom Cruise in Top Gun? Perfectly coiffed and impeccably uniformed Lt Pete Mitchell aka Maverick. Didn’t he take our breaths away?
Now imagine getting to see the fictional lieutenant come to life, in flesh and blood, that too in Pakistan!
PHOTO CREDITS: FANDANGO.COM
A tweet recently went viral with a picture of Tom Cruise's lookalike in Pakistan Air Force. Is he the real double or a doppelganger?
The lookalike was identified as Squadron Leader Yasir Mudasser, a JF-17 pilot of Pakistan Air Force.
Squadron Leader Yasir was photographed while briefing Pakistani Ambassador to Italy Tehmina Janjua about the aircraft during the Paris Air Show. Sporting his black wrap-arounds and a candidly casual and carefree poise Sq Leader looked like Tom Cruise straight out of Top Gun.
Many people thought that the picture was a still from the movie until it was inspected closely and many others even mistook the pilot for the Hollywood heartthrob.
"It's funny. One never imagines that you'll get this kind of attention when you're training day-in day-out," the pilot told AFP, laughing bashfully.
Mudasser has clocked up over 600 flights in the JF-17, Pakistan's first-ever home-made jet, which was designed and built with Chinese help.
"It's superb. It's a treat to fly this aircraft. It's so beautiful and user-friendly," he gushed.
The uncanny resemblance of the two drew surprised reactions from users on Twitter and Facebook as well.
'Stir' is an under-statement.
@proud_khaki I thought he was Tom Cruise from top gun..LoL— Al in the wonderland (@Hexatom) June 14, 2015
We don't blame you.
Lady killing? Not a Mission Impossible for him. I wonder how many ladies have already started calling dibs on him.
Yes. Yes. Yes.
And on Facebook:SCREENGRAB
The pilots and technicians of PAF are currently in Paris performing an air show.
Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik had observed the aerobatics performance of the aircraft at Paris on Saturday.