The father of a financial mentor and motivational speaker is certain he would have “waxed” Tom Cruise back in the day.
In an Instagram video posted by John MacGregor, what seems to be a quiet dinner sets the scene for the unexpected.
However, the now-cliche “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins begins to play, and MacGregor begins to ask his father a question.
“What did you say about Tom Cruise,” MacGregor asks.
Looking up from his food, the former F-86 Saber pilot and Korean War veteran held nothing back.
“I said I think I could have waxed his ass in a dogfight,” he said before seamlessly returning to his dinner.
Mr. Cruise, consider yourself eighty-sixed.
While Cruise was not permitted to fly the fighters in Top Gun or its sequel, he is a private pilot and even owns a P-51 Mustang, which also saw limited service in Korea after making a name for itself in World War II.
The North American F-86 Saber, created by the same company that made the P-51, was the prolific combat jet fighter of the “Forgotten War,” and frequently went head-to-head with its silvery swept-wing Soviet contemporary, the MiG-15.
Remembered for its signature yellow stripes and open intake, the F-86 is an icon of American aviation history, and was quite an advancement in aviation at the time. A radar-capable version, the F-86D (known as the Saber Dog) was created to address the stock 86’s shortcomings but was produced too late to see service in the Korean War.
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