The official two-minute teaser boasts blockbuster scenes with Maverick taking to the skies in F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-14 Tomcat fighter jets, chasing his need for speed on his motorbike and attending a funeral.
The video below shows the last F-4EJ and RF-4 flying from “Hyakuriland”. The incredible footage was edited so as to mix the audio of the trailer of “Top Gun: Maverick” movie with plenty of dramatic slow-motion scenes showing the Samurai Phantoms taking off, landing, or maneuvering. The outcome is a stunning, sort-of parody trailer for the Top Gun sequel.
The Japan Air Self Defense Force Phantoms based at Hyakuri have become famous over the last few years as the only remaining F-4s that offer photographers close access to their taxiways and runways for photography. Other air arms around the world still operate the “Rhino”, but those aircraft are harder to gain access to for good photos than Hyakuri’s Samurai Phantoms and, as we commented in the past “no other Phantoms on earth wear the colorful, almost anime-like color schemes that the Hyakuri Phantoms wear. The planes look as though they’ve flown off the pages of a Japanese manga superhero graphic novel.”
The F-4EJ “Kai” (“extra”) is the latest Japanese variant of the Phantom that has been modernized from the EJ version in the mid-1980s with the installation of a new AN/APG-66J pulse-Doppler radar, a new central computer, a Kaiser HUD (Head-Up Display), AN/APZ-79 IFF system, as well as the ability to carry AN/ALQ-131 advanced multimode electronic countermeasures pod and to launch the AIM-7E/F Sparrow and the AIM-9L/P Sidewinder AAMs (air-to-air missiles).
Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit theatres on June 26, 2020. It was originally slated for release on July 12, 2019, but it was delayed so filmmakers can work out logistics with the complex flight scenes, Deadline reported.
Jennifer Connelly, 47, has been on set with Tom and will play Maverick’s love interest, replacing Kelly McGillis who played Charlie in the original.
Val Kilmer, who played Lt. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky in the original, will also reprise his role in the sequel while Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, and Ed Harris are joining the cast for the second installment.