Top Gun: Maverick will see Tom Cruise reunite with Val Kilmer’s Tom "Iceman" Kazansky and apparently hang with the son of Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, played by a Miles Teller fresh off a tour as a grunt in Thank You For Your Service.
The first day of filming took place at Naval Air Station North Island on May 31, the same day that Cruise posted a photo to Instagram indicated that Pete “Maverick” Mitchell had upgraded from an F-14 Tomcat to an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter in the intervening years. We still have no word on whether Maverick spent the 90s flying rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong.
The film crew is currently shooting aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln under a short-term production assistance agreement while the aircraft carrier is underway, Navy spokesman Lt. Seth Clarke told Task & Purpose. The film crew is primarily shooting b-roll of carrier operations, including Super Hornet takeoff and landing routines.
While CNN had initially reported that Paramount "will reimburse the Navy for any costs incurred for flying sequences which do not meet training objectives,” Clarke told Task & Purpose that the production crew was shooting b-roll during normal operations specifically “because it’s going to incur no additional costs or involve any logistics requirements or burdens.”
All of this is to say that this is a far cry from the production of the first film on the USS Ranger, where director Tony Scott cut a check on the spot for the carrier, which was out at sea, to turn and give his team better lighting for the iconic intro shots. If you’re going to see any aircraft go head-to-head with some futuristic unmanned aerial system, it won’t be an actual in-the-flesh Super Hornet.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.