Brazil solicits Tom Cruise as turboprop fighter pitch-man?

Fictional Top Gun graduate Tom Cruise is being recruited by Brazil’s Ministry of Defense to hock Embraer Super Tucanos on the international market, according to Brazilian media today. Really:


According to thenewspaper “The Day”, Nelson Jobim, Minister of Defense, called the starto fly a Tucano on a possible return to Brazil. IfCruise agrees, it will help [Embraer's] image abroad.

According to the publication, the Brazilian government is negotiating the sale of these planes to the Americans.

Clifford Sobel, Ambassador of the United States, confirmed theinterest to Tom over lunch on the island of Ivo Pintanguy inAngra dos Reis, last Sunday.



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6 Responses to Brazil solicits Tom Cruise as turboprop fighter pitch-man?

  1. airplanejim 6 February, 2009 at 2:44 am #

    That is a bit of a come down from an F-14 Tom Cat to a Super Tucano, Tom. And tangling with an F-5 might be hazardous to your health.
    Didn’t Boeing talk about starting up the A-10 Warthog line again?

  2. Royce 6 February, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    I can’t see the U.S. buying Super Tucanos when Hawker Beechcraft has been promoting the AT-6B for a counter-insurgency aircraft. With hundreds of T-6s in the already in training fleet, it would be a bizarre selection. And the chances of Congress going along right now would be somewhere between nil and nothing.

  3. EG 6 February, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    It would be a bizarre selection for our services. But that has never stopped congress before.
    (Besides, bring ‘em in green uparmor them and ‘ole we have jobs created under the stimulus act.)
    What about as MAP to Iraq and Afghanistan? Can the S. Tucano go COIN? That might go towards the solicitation put out last year. (I know, it’s not a twin.)

  4. Cyril Walliser 14 September, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    I think Tom is good looking and attractive what he does in his movies and wife really she should keep him handsome men tom you rock

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