Jul 25, 2018
Tom Cruise honed in on the HALO jump stunt in a made-to-order open-air wind tunnel.
Tom Cruise is a master of stunts, but big screen magic requires serious hardware. That’s why the team behind “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” was tasked with creating the biggest wind tunnel on Earth.
“It wasn’t designed to be the biggest one in the world, we just found out it was the biggest one in the world. We needed it that size to get the rehearsal space they needed,” says Neil Corbould, the special effects supervisor for the film, explaining that Cruise and three or four other people, plus a cameraman, needed to be able to move freely in the tunnel.
The wind tunnel, erected by a company in Latvia called Aerodium, was 20 feet by 10 feet—about four times the size of typical wind tunnel. The open-air space was where Cruise and fellow stunt team members practiced what would ultimately be a 30,000 foot HALO jump out of airplane, which is a parachute jump common in the military where the jumper opens their parachute at a low altitude after free-falling for a majority of the descent, for an integral nighttime scene in Paramount Pictures’ “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” due out July 27.