The trailer of Tom Cruise’s long-awaited Top Gun sequel has been released, and it appears that the F-14 tomcat dogfight the Su-57 stealth fighter jet in Top Gun: Maverick.
A brief scene from the newly released trailer for Top Gun: Maverick shows Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw – the son of slain original character Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw from the iconic 1986 film – in a US Air force F-14 Tomcat while a Russian SU-57 rockets past.
There’s a very brief sequence from the cockpit of an F-14, with the RIO, Lt. Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, looking back over their shoulder as a Su-57 maneuvers hard, pirouetting above them nose down in a post-stall thrust-vectoring maneuver. The main protagonist, Tom Cruise’s Capt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, is presumably sitting in the front seat.
The scene only occupies a few frames of the trailer, and it is unclear what exactly led up to the conflict – or which pilot ends up triumphing.
The teaser left fans wondering if the American F-14, which features supersonic twin-engine aircraft, will be able to return the attack of the SU-57, one of Russia’s most advanced fighters and the first with stealth technology in the country.
However, the aircraft resembles the toy model from Matchbox, and officially affiliated to Top Gun: Maverick. Titled “Enemy Strike Jet”, this model does resemble a lot of the aircraft we noticed in the latest trailer, definitely inspired by Su-57
The F-14s, which were retired in 2006 and are no longer used by the Navy, are also featured in the original 1986 film. Back then, they were shown battling Russian MiG-28s during the final years of the Cold War with Russia.
Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to 1986 hit Top Gun, stars Cruise as Captain Pete Maverick Mitchell, a fighter jet pilot serving in the US Navy.
The sequel sees him as a jet pilot and instructor, with the trailer showing him flying fighter jets like the F-18 and the F-14 and engaging in dogfights with what seems to be a Sukhoi Su-57 based on the frame design.
The Sukhoi Su-57 jet is touted as the most advanced fighter jet in the world, with reports suggesting that no other country other than Russia has access to its use.
Cruise will not only fight against distinguished jets, but will also ride on what is considered one of the fastest superbikes in the world; he will be seen riding on a Kawasaki Ninja H2R.