Top Gun

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Top Gun movie poster.

Movie (1986)

Tom Cruise (Maverick)
Kelly McGillis (Charlie)
Val Kilmer (Iceman)
Anthony Edwards (Goose)
Tom Skerritt (Viper)

When his wingman loses his nerve, Maverick gets the chance to attend the Navy's Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun. Here he meets his ultimate competition, his hero and true love but pays a tough sacrifice for it.

Northrop F-5F Tiger II

Portrayed as fictional "MiG-28" fighters, these aircraft are painted in fictional gloss black paint schemes with Soviet-esque roundels on the tails. They are claimed to carry Exocet anti-ship missiles, but are only shown with AIM-9 Sidewinders.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Side view of an F-5F acting as the MiG-28.

Northrop F-5E Tiger II

An F-5E portraying a MiG-28 seconds before being struck by a missile from one of the protagonists' F-14 Tomcats. The shots portraying destruction of aircraft were shot using models of the aircraft instead of the real airplanes.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat

The main feature in this film is the Tomcat, the U.S. Navy's Air Superiority Fighter.

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Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

Used as the 'enemy' aircraft at Top Gun.

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Behind a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk (wearing on its fin the badge of the Fighter Weapons School), four F-14 Tomcats and in the distance lots of aircraft: at right in front of the hangar, two Skyhawks - at least one two-seat - and three North American T-2 Buckeyes (white and red); at left of the flag, Skyhawks melt with BAe/McDonnell Douglas Harrier IIs.

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From Maverick's portfolio.

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McDonnell Douglas C-9B Skytrain II

Briefly seen in the passenger transport role by the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 57. BuNo 159114.

McDonnell Douglas C-9B Skytrain II of VR-57, BuNo 159114.

Boeing 727-200/ADV & Lockheed L-1011-385-1-15 TriStar 100

Lockheed L-1011-385-1-15 TriStar 100 of TWA-Trans World Airlines on the far right and probably a Dassault Falcon 20 on the left.

American Airlines Boeing 727.

Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican

Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican s/n 1467.

USCG HH-3F Pelican s/n 1467.

Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King and Various Aircraft

Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King flying towards the camera. At left of the command tower, a Lockheed S-3 Viking (wings folded) is in the middle of five F-14. On the right, under the helicopter's shape, three F-14 hide another Lockheed S-3 Viking. Far right, two Grumman E-2 Hawkeyes with the low sun reflecting on their dome.

USN SH-3 Sea King.

BuNo 149894 SH-3A converted to SH-3H (c/n 61160). Sent to AMARC as 9H0059 on 17 December 1993.

BuNo 149894 (c/n 61160) SH-3 Sea King.

Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King parked with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 6 (HS-6) code.

USN SH-3 Sea King.

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II

Seen lined up on CV-65 at the end.

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Grumman KA-6D Intruder

The drogue is visible on the right, behind the pod on the centerline pylon.

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Grumman A-6 Intruder

During the credits.

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On the right.

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