Boris Johnson really is an outsider! On his way out, the Prime Minister looks like Tom Cruise’s Top Gun character as he climbs into the cockpit of the RAF’s Typhoon jet
- Boris Johnson went into action during a visit to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire
- He seemed to emulate the style of Tom Cruise’s iconic role of Maverick on Top Gun
- The outgoing Prime Minister donned full RAF uniform and entered the pilot’s cockpit
- The humorous photo session was miles away from the Tory leadership battle
Boris Johnson always counted himself as a kind of loner politician…
The Prime Minister donned full RAF uniform as he met with pilots and aircrew at the military base in Lincolnshire for a demonstration of the Typhoon fighter plane.
Two combat-ready front-line squadrons are stationed at the base, which also serves as a training ground for Typhoon pilots.
Boris Johnson looked like a dead ringer for Tom Cruise’s iconic role in Top Gun as he stepped into action at RAF Coningsby on Thursday
The outgoing Prime Minister cut a serious figure as he posed for photos in the cockpit in full RAF uniform
The Prime Minister (pictured right) visited the Lincolnshire military base to attend a demonstration of the Typhoon fighter jet
At the base, Mr Johnson was given a behind-the-scenes look at the QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) station that protects UK airspace. The telegraph reports.
Social media users were quick to ridicule the prime minister’s heroic stance.
Bruce Henderson tweeted: “Maybe Boris Johnson thinks he’s Tom Cruise! Can we get him to jump between helicopters in flight?’
The Independent’s chief political commentator John Rentoul wrote, “Might as well enjoy it on the way out.”
To the outgoing prime minister, the RAF visit must have seemed worlds apart from the battle between five Conservative MPs to succeed him.
In a combative display in the competition’s first televised debate last night, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak blasted at his rivals, saying proposals to increase borrowing to pay for tax cuts are a “fairy tale”.
Mr Sunak led the vote in the first two rounds of Tory MPs, but polls have shown he would fight one of his main rivals – Foreign Secretary Mrs Truss or Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt – in a final runoff of all party membership.
At the base, Mr Johnson was given a behind-the-scenes look at the QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) station that protects UK airspace
The Maverick character was made famous by actor Tom Cruise in the films Top Gun (1986) and Top Gun: Maverick (2022).
However, he insisted he remains the candidate best equipped to take on Labor and win in the general election.
“I will continue to support my candidacy and I believe I am the best person possible to help our party defeat Keir Starmer and the Labor Party in the general election,” said the Richmond MP.
After the televised showdown on Channel 4, Mr Sunak’s campaign team claimed he had “clearly won” the debate.
A quick poll by pollster Opinium of 1,159 viewers put him in second place, with 24 per cent saying he was the strongest performer, behind Tom Tugendhat – who is considered an outsider in the competition – at 36 per cent.
Ms Mordaunt, the Minister for International Trade, shared third place with former Equality Minister Kemi Baden with 12 per cent, while Ms Truss, the Foreign Minister, was fifth with just 7 per cent.