All of us feel the need for speed to get the new Top Gun sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick” releasing this year.
Top Gun: Maverick will feature the Navy’s Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.
So far, we knew about only two specially painted F/A-18 Super Hornets used as the “Hero Jet” in the filming of the upcoming sequel to the original 1986 “Top Gun” movie titled “Top Gun: Maverick”: a single-seat Boeing F/A-18E, BuNo. 165667; and a two-seater F/A-18F, BuNo. 165796.
Both jets sport the same livery: dark and light blue stripes, three MiG-28 (F-5s) “kill” markings and “Capt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell” name on the canopy rails along with the Top Gun emblem on the tail and the modex “00”.
According to Bruce Taylor, who is an F18EFG aircraft maintenance planner for the Fleet Resource Center South East (FRCSE) in Jacksonville Florida that there is another single-seat F-18 hornet aircraft used for Top Gun movie: BuNo 165536.
Taylor explained in a message to The Aviationist, that there are at least three aircraft used for filming the stunning aerial footage for Top Gun 2: two F/A-18Es (165636 first and then 165667) and one F/A-18F (165796) with the latter one used to film with Tom Cruise in the backseat.
The F/A-18E Super Hornet used by Tom Cruise’s character in the new Top Gun: Maverick movie will continue to thrill aviation fans long after the movie debuts. It is on its way to be converted for use by the US Navy Blue Angels demonstration team, which will begin training with the aircraft this fall.
Tom Cruise returns as Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, now a flight school instructor whose talents and exploits are a legend.
One of his students is Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), a pilot trainee and son of the late Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards).
A little more than two minutes long, the spot for the Paramount Pictures’ film is packed full of action and, of course, some motorcycle riding.
In addition to Cruise, the movie stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer, who reprises his memorable role of Ice Man.
Top Gun: Maverick flies into theaters on June 24, 2020.