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Extremely conflicted; weird combination of thinking it looks f€@king terrible (my adult mind) and it looks f€@kung awesome (my inner kid, who should still know better ).
 

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Interesting helmet at the 1:23 mark, full face, and neck seals, so apparently some sort of pressure suit.
 

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@DWG the image of Maverick in the pressure suit and helmet are not taken in an F/A-18. The canopy rail is different. Looks similar to an F-35,
 

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Sigh... What's the point? Filmmakers nowadays just could not repeat the naive 80s homoeroticism of shirtless beach volleyball scene...
 

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Interesting helmet at the 1:23 mark, full face, and neck seals, so apparently some sort of pressure suit.
Did any US Naval aviators ever do an exchange tour at Beale AFB, where from there they flew U-2s or SR-71s?
 

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The reflected panel doesn't look entirely consistent with the F-35, too many dials on the lower console, while at the same time it appears to have an F-35 style panoramic flatpanel display, so not U-2 or SR-71.
 

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Or... Or... Just maybe, it's the Firefox :) Two movies in one!

Randy
Firefox 2 - Send Clint Eastwood to steal a new cutting edge Chinese stealth fighter.
What could go wrong.
Featuring Inappropriate racist language and a tragic heart attack.
And that’s just the result of the pitch to Clint...
 

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Sigh... What's the point? Filmmakers nowadays just could not repeat the naive 80s homoeroticism
Well Kelly McGillis did subsequently come out as a lesbian.

But the real life inspiration for Callsign Legs Charlie went on to bigger and better things in DOD
(DEPSECDEF) so maybe there's a story angle there.


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In a serious twist of historical irony, the one and only country left flying Tomcats today is Iran, America best ennemy. The returning Maverick is on for a huge shock.
Plus that
l Kelly McGillis did subsequently come out as a lesbian.
(the vision of Tom Cruise / Maverick frozen, Futurama style, after a Tomcat accident in 1989. He awakes 30 years later to learn that a) his former girlfriend has turned lesbian b) the Tomcat has been replaced by an "improved Hornet" without the AIM-54 and c) the only country in the world left flying Tomcats is Iran)

Maverick reaction

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They replaced the whole "USS Galveston Far East" cruise patch with a "US Navy Indian Ocean" patch. The patches are pretty much random pretties anyway -- there's a CRUDESRON staff patch, a Marine patch of some sort, etc. Not the sort of thing a naval aviator is likely to really be wearing.
 

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Not gonna lie, i saw the trailer 5 times the day it came out. Lots of potential for cheesiness there...BUT, while there's going to be CGI galore, i heard there will be A LOT of real aerial footage.
My advice: try to temporarily disconnect the brain for the bad stuff and focus on the good.
 

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They replaced the whole "USS Galveston Far East" cruise patch with a "US Navy Indian Ocean" patch. The patches are pretty much random pretties anyway -- there's a CRUDESRON staff patch, a Marine patch of some sort, etc. Not the sort of thing a naval aviator is likely to really be wearing.
30 years on it's not unreasonable that Maverick would have added to his collection of patches. There's a good point made in the article that the original central patch with the Japanese and Taiwanese flags refers to his father's last tour, while the new one probably refers to Maverick's climactic engagement in the original film.
 

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Not gonna lie, i saw the trailer 5 times the day it came out. Lots of potential for cheesiness there...BUT, while there's going to be CGI galore, i heard there will be A LOT of real aerial footage.
My advice: try to temporarily disconnect the brain for the bad stuff and focus on the good.
Most of us here survived going trough the Beach volley sequence dozen of times. We can do it.
 

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I think there's going to be a beach football scene, judging from the trailer
 

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Maverick is (or was) a test pilot, according to the trailer (video at 1:16 shows Maverick removing his sunglasses from a plaque that says "Maverick" Mitchell, Test Pilot) and his patch worn on the lower right side of his jacket is VX-31, the test and evaluation squadron located at China Lake. VX-31, known as the Dust Devils, specializes in software upgrades and integration testing of new weapons systems and load outs. Also, Cruise was seen flying his Mustang into China Lake during the development of the movie Maverick in November 2018, an indication that he may have been filming his test pilot scenes there.
 
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Pentagon Production Agreement for Top Gun Maverick: for those interested in the areas cleared for filming, the method of aerial photography, what was borrowed from the Navy, and a litany of designated responsibilities that the production company must fulfill to have access to equipment, personnel, and facilities.
 

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kaiserd

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Not gonna lie, i saw the trailer 5 times the day it came out. Lots of potential for cheesiness there...BUT, while there's going to be CGI galore, i heard there will be A LOT of real aerial footage.
My advice: try to temporarily disconnect the brain for the bad stuff and focus on the good.
Most of us here survived going trough the Beach volley sequence dozen of times. We can do it.
According to the Tarantino reading of the film that's a pivotal scene....
 

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Don't worry, TopGun III will be all IA and we have yet to see a Reaper brushing his circuits with loads of hair gel.

“Something that’s unclassified but not well known, we recently in November … launched an air-to-air missile against a maneuvering target that scored a direct hit. It was an MQ-9 versus a drone with a heat-seeking air-to-air missile, and it was direct hit … during a test,” he said.

“We develop those tactics, techniques and procedures to make us survivable in those types of environments and, if we do this correctly, we can survive against some serious threats against normal air players out there,” Cheater pointed out. “We will go participate in ‘Red Flag’ exercises, and we will drop weapons in testing environments to make sure that we can fight against those type of adversaries.”

 
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The Aviationist has an article showing Cruise in a black singed pressure suit with a patch that could reveal the mysterious aircraft's planform from the movie Maverick. The article suggests that its a hypersonic aircraft. The article also suggests that the mysterious aircraft may have had a back-seater (i.e. systems operator, such as a recon or EW systems operator or flight engineer). If this is the case and the back-seater died during the ejection, may explain the funeral scene in the movie. Also, if Maverick was 'sheep-dipped' (i.e. his records removed from the Navy personnel files) while test flying the unknown (classified) aircraft, that could explain his lack of promotions and his statement that the reason for the him being in the Navy 30 years and only a Captain was a 'mystery.' alluding to his being sheep-dipped.

https://theaviationist.com/2018/11/13/spoiler-alert-photos-surface-of-maverick-in-high-altitude-pressure-suit-after-ejection-on-set-of-top-gun-sequel/
 
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