Many of our readers probably remember the iconic Top Gun fly-by scene when Maverick and Goose’s F-14, buzz the Tower at Miramar on their way back from their dogfight with Jester.
Here’s the scene from the 1986 film starring Tom Cruise, who will reappear in the sequel.
Well, that scene has become so famous that “Top Gun: Maverick”, the sequel to the Tony Scott’s original movie, will probably feature a similar scene.
Two Super Hornets were filmed flying close to a control tower at NAS Fallon, in western Nevada near Reno, recently.
Kyle Fleming, who captured the spectacular flyby on video, told The Aviationist that it was necessary to recreate the iconic “buzz the tower” scene from the first “Top Gun” film.
Interestingly, the flyby at NAS Fallon was carried out by an F/A-18E and an F/A-18F but the screenshots prove that neither one had the movie color scheme mentioned above raising several questions: was it a rehearsal pass; will the new “buzz the tower” scene feature two “standard” Super Hornets and not the special colored ones? Or, was the flyby of the two “Rhinos” (as the Super Hornet is dubbed in the fighter pilots community) something completely unrelated to the movie?
NAS Fallon is the home to the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC, pronounced NAW-DIK) whose mission is two-fold: to host the carrier air wings (CVWs, also called CAGs – carrier air groups) during their work-ups before deployment, and teach advanced combat warfare to selected pilots nby means of well-known courses including “Topgun”.
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A public affairs spokesman for NAS Fallon confirmed to Business Insider that Paramount Pictures was out at the air base from June 10 through June 28, filming air operations using both in-jet and external cameras.
The spokesman explained that while he saw what they were doing, he couldn’t detail how the footage would be used in the film. Paramount Pictures media relations division could not be reached for comment.
Top Gun sequel dubbed Top Gun: “Maverick” filming is underway right now. The upcoming film, slated for release on June 26, 2020, in the U.S., is likely entering the final stages of its production phase before going to post-production and editing.
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Top Gun: Maverick will reportedly revolve around Tom Cruise’s Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he trains Bradley Bradshaw who is a pilot trainee, as well as the son of Maverick’s late partner Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (who was played by Anthony Edwards in the original 1986 film).
Bradshaw will be played by actor Miles Teller. Additionally, the new film will also feature Val Kilmer returning as Commander Thomas “Iceman” Kazansky, plus Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell and Ed Harris will all also be appearing.