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'Top Gun 2' Is Actually Happening, According To Tom Cruise
Strap in, folks: Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is getting back on the highway to the danger zone — and it's gonna be a wild ride.
Ubiquitous leading man and cinematic Napoleon Tom Cruise on Thursday confirmed rumors that he's currently working on a sequel to "Top Gun," the beloved 1986 romp through the wild and crazy world of Navy fighter pilots.
“It’s true. It’s true,” Cruise told Australian morning show Sunrise during a promotional tour for "The Mummy," which we won't be seeing.
“I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year," he said. "I know. It’s happening. It is definitely happening ... you’re the first people that I’ve said this to.”
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) May 23, 2017
Rumors have surrounded the sequel — which will presumably see Cruise return as the "Goose"-less Mitchell — since January 2016, when "Top Gun" producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a photo with Cruise and a cryptic message: “Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend Tom Cruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2.”
At this juncture, it's unclear who from the original cast will return (fingers crossed for a Kelly McGillis reprisal), but it's likely the sequel will see Maverick reunite with Val Kilmer as Tom "Iceman" Kazanski. When asked if he would join the then-theoretical project during an April Q&A; on Reddit, Kilmer enthusiastically replied: “Hell yes, and what a hoot it will be.”
We can't wait — or can we?
Constant deployments broke the Air Force's B-1 fleet. Now the service is facing a major bomber shortfall
On April 14, 2018, two B-1B Lancer bombers fired off payloads of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles against weapons storage plants in western Syria, part of a shock-and-awe response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his citizens that also included strikes from Navy destroyers and submarines.
In all, the two bombers fired 19 JASSMs, successfully eliminating their targets. But the moment would ultimately be one of the last — and certainly most publicized — strategic strikes for the aircraft before operations began to wind down for the entire fleet.
A few months after the Syria strike, Air Force Global Strike Command commander Gen. Tim Ray called the bombers back home. Ray had crunched the data, and determined the non-nuclear B-1 was pushing its capabilities limit. Between 2006 and 2016, the B-1 was the sole bomber tasked continuously in the Middle East. The assignment was spread over three Lancer squadrons that spent one year at home, then six month deployed — back and forth for a decade.
The constant deployments broke the B-1 fleet. It's no longer a question of if, but when the Air Force and Congress will send the aircraft to the Boneyard. But Air Force officials are still arguing the B-1 has value to offer, especially since it's all the service really has until newer bombers hit the flight line in the mid-2020s.
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CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's media network on Monday issued an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying operations were taking place daily and urging freedom for women jailed in Iraq and Syria over their alleged links to the group.
"Daily operations are underway on different fronts," he said in the 30-minute tape published by the Al Furqan network, in what would be his first message since April. He cited several regions such as Mali and the Levant but gave no dates.
'An insane game changer' — Soldiers are about to receive the Army's most advanced night vision goggles yet
Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division are just days away from becoming the first to get their hands on the most advanced night vision goggles the Army has fielded yet.