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Just in case it hasn’t been mentioned…POP GUN
 

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While watching the film I was curious what happened to Maverick's character over the last 36 years.

From the movie I heard he spent 6 months as a Top Gun instructor, a tour in Bosnia (1992-1995), two tours in Iraq (1991, 2003-2011), and the hypersonic aircraft program (2020 (original movie scheduled release), 2022). That leaves nine years completely unaccounted for.

Maverick was an LT at Top Gun. (I think I heard in the movie that he got 'canned' for the first time likely due to his maverick behavior at Top Gun as an instructor). It usually takes four additional years to make Captain, which would have been around 1990. So possibly he was Captain Mitchell in the Gulf War (1991). After his two tours in Iraq he may have gone on to USN Test Pilot School or possibly USAF Test Pilot School as an exchange pilot.

Test pilot school would account for at least another year of his time in training. With the Navy's expense in training test pilots they would have sent him on to an assignment developing another aircraft project(s) after graduation. Certainly before being considered the prime pilot for a hypersonic program. A couple of large projects that were available during that time were F/A-18E,F (which would account for his remarkable employment of the aircraft in the movie having come most recently from the hypersonic aircraft tests) or F-35C. There is also a photo of an F-117A Stealth Fighter in the movie with what appears to be him standing next to the aircraft. The F-117A retired in 2008. Of course its been sighted more recently. The plaque has a USAF shield and banner that looks like the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, which he removes his sunglasses from. A small placard says Test Pilot Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell.

There is the possibility that his character became an inactive Naval Reservist and went on to work for a contractor after the Navy's test pilot program. Maintaining fighter aircraft flying skills testing the Hornet or Lightening II.

Possibly, due to the classified nature of the hypersonic program the Navy may have recalled him back to service as the prototype aircraft was expected to become operational (similar to the Stealth Helicopter, i.e. prototype used for a mission).

Just some thoughts. Maybe the writers of Top Gun Maverick will explain why or how he retained his Captains rank.
 
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Saw it this afternoon and enjoyed it. Next up, IMAX with the guys only. The movie theatre we saw it in was LOUD. Ears still ringing but did not notice this while the movie was running. Yep, could feel it - also Jurassic Park in the adjacent movie theatre!!

Darkstar is too small - should be double that size at the very least. Like the shape though and the Skunkworks logo was a nice touch.

Impressed with the CGI of the Su-57s and the Tomcat flying. FYI - the Tomcat was from the San Diego Air & Space Museum collection - they got credit there in the end and a "free" paint job for it. "Different than the you know what country was the bad guy" paint scheme in the movie.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Saw it this afternoon and enjoyed it. Next up, IMAX with the guys only. The movie theatre we saw it in was LOUD. Ears still ringing but did not notice this while the movie was running. Yep, could feel it - also Jurassic Park in the adjacent movie theatre!!

Darkstar is too small - should be double that size at the very least. Like the shape though and the Skunkworks logo was a nice touch.

Impressed with the CGI of the Su-57s and the Tomcat flying. FYI - the Tomcat was from the San Diego Air & Space Museum collection - they got credit there in the end and a "free" paint job for it. "Different than the you know what country was the bad guy" paint scheme in the movie.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Seems was not just the logo:

https://lockheedmartin.com/topgun

"Lockheed Martin conceptual designers, engineers and aircraft model developers work each day to bring aircraft concepts for today and tomorrow to life. These aircraft support critical global security missions and advance the future of aviation and technology.

We partnered with the Top Gun: Maverick film’s creative team to collaborate on bringing our expertise in hypersonic capabilities and aircraft design to the big screen."

Nice videos and wallpapers on the page.

I loved the movie, a great movie to see more than one time and always in the big screen.
 

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The footage from a hand-held camera inside the cockpit of an Embracer Phenom 300E light jet showcases a pilot’s view of how the scenes of aircraft approaching and buzzing over the aircraft carrier might have been captured for the movie.

View: https://youtu.be/Px8597V-u_Q

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I must say I was misty eyed at seeing the F-14 take wing…but still muttered “this mission demands a rod from god….no wings needed.
 

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@publiusr : Yes the F-14 dogfight is truly amazing. Not as good as what was given to us in the first movie (not real) but still.

Went a second time and the aerial sequences are truly amazing. I was trying to guess which one was shot from the Phenom and I hardly guessed. When there is flying sequences, the tempo is much too quick, to say the least.
I guess that they have tweaked some of the shots to give a more dramatic angle (ex: the pull-out sequence at the end of the bombing run where the camera follow the Super Hornet up a climbing valley, so low that snow is lifted).
 

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I must say I was misty eyed at seeing the F-14 take wing…but still muttered “this mission demands a rod from god….no wings needed.

Was a bit surprised to hear Rooster express surprise the wings were moving.......
 

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Really, the F-14 and B-1 should have went to Australia do’s they could have an all variable geometry Air Force, had they kept Tornadoes and F-111s.
 

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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Saw it on IMAX and totally worth the huge expense.

Last week I read, but cannot find, a very good little article on the similarities that Top Gun Maverick shares with many previous movies. Obviously including Star Wars but also several hints back to the original. I hadn't realised that quiet Bob is played by the son of Bill Pullman, who played an F-18 pilot and US President in Independence Day!
 

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I was half expecting that line of the F-18 being the "Brewster Buffalo of modern carrier aviation" to be one of Hangman's quips. Who started that phrase?
 

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Just remember, everyone, that the reason this movie exists is for a couple of hours of entertainment where disbelief should be suspended and nits should not be picked. Were you sufficiently entertained? If so, let it be.
 

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It's always controversial to speak about money when Internet, generally, thinks that everything should come free, but let's rejoice that Hollywood Majors now can't ignore the fact that Aviation is very, very profitable.
 

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