Top Gun: Maverick

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Top Gun: Maverick movie poster.

Movie (2022)

Tom Cruise (Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell)
Miles Teller (Lieutenant Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw, son of Maverick's late RIO, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw)
Jennifer Connelly (Penny Benjamin)
Jon Hamm (Vice Admiral)

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

Also from this series:

Top Gun

Note: This film utilises a significant quantity of Computer Generated Images (CGI). Aircraft portrayed in this film may not be entirely accurate and have been identified as closely as possible to real aircraft.

Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II

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Close-up on the Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan's exhaust :

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North American P-51K-15-NT Mustang

Reg. N51EW has a long story.
Built in 1944 as P-51K-15-NT s/n 44-12840 (airframe 111-36123) and quickly converted to a F-6K (photo reconnaissance). Donated to Civil Air Patrol unit in 1946. After a first private owner, ended in Victory Air Museum, Mundelein, Illinois (USA) in the end of 1960's. Under restoration and P-51D conversion (1982-1987) then christened Montana Miss LG W. Bought by Tom Cruise in 2001 and renamed Kiss Me Kate between 2006 and 2012.
Bottom left, a desk model; several pictures hanging around the hangar... including some F-18s.

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Lockheed Martin SR-72 Darkstar

Fictitious prototype for the Navy.


BuNo 101795 (really a Bureau Number ... from a canceled batch for 2,000 Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat !).

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Filming was at China Lake.

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Sikorsky MH-60S Jayhawk

MH-60S #465 from VX-31, BuNo 166297 built in 2002.

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Grumman C-2A Greyhound

Behind the US flag, just a folded wing and the tail (yellow bordered area).

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Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet

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Fightertown, U.S.A. as written. Line-up shot at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California.

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(left to right) Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet and Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet.

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Sikorsky H-60 Black Hawk

One in the sky and the other on the ground, both in the distance.

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In the Corridor

Painting of historical aircraft and carrier vessel of the U.S. Navy (look at the Discussion tab) :

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(left) Grumman WF-1 Tracer (or E-1B after 1962) ready to be catapulted.
(upper right) Grumman F8F Bearcat.

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Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye

BuNo 166508 #602NH Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye c/n A205 of VAW-115 "Liberty Bells".

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On an unidentified Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, most of shapes are F-18s surrounding two Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawks (2) and two wing folded Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeyes (1).

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Sukhoi Su-57

The prototype Sukhoi PAK FA led to the Sukhoi Su-57 which (today in 2022) is just reaching the first Russian air units. No export registered... with the exception of this fictitious country.

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Ficticious Mil Mi-24 with 2 MG in turret

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Grumman F-14 Tomcat

At the Naval Air Station North Island main gate, Coronado, California, USA.
The real entrance got a gate guardian as a pole-mounted A-4 Skyhawk (the type piloted by VADM J.B. Stockdale which name adorn the gate).
Computer animation done maybe from BuNo 159623 of Naval Air Warfare Center, Point Mugu Airpark, NAWC Point Mugu, California. Weapons changed (Sparrow erased) and fictitious "Captain Pete Mitchell / Maverick" and 3 kills (symbolizing the MiG-28 scored in Top Gun) added alongside the MODEX 114.

Footage shot for the trailer.

…and another CGI as there are no more flying F-14s, except for those of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.
Here flying with the rogue nation's roundel.

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Aero Commander 500

Far right, in the distance.

Memory Wall

1 & 2 : Grumman F-14 Tomcat; 3 = McDonnell Douglas C-9B Skytrain II; 4 Grumman A-6 Intruder and on both sides of 5 : Douglas A-4 Skyhawk.

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