Real flying. Real G-forces. Pure adrenaline.
A couple of days ago I’ve commented the new trailer of “Top Gun: Maverick” hitting theatres on Jun. 26, 2020. I explained that I was less excited for next chapter of my very favorite movie because “along with the interesting air-to-air and cockpit videos that were already included in the first trailer (read here about all the cool details noticed when the first official trailer was released on July 18, 2019, there is also a lot of CGI (as in the dogfights between Super Hornets…).”
Well, this new clip, just released by Paramount Pictures, is a completely different story. “Real flying. Real G-forces. Pure adrenaline.” Indeed, it brings you behind the scenes of the filming of the new movie, with scenes aboard aircraft carrier as Super Hornets are prepared for catapult launch, inside the cockpit of Super Hornets and Tom Cruise’s P-51 Mustang. This is all real stuff. And it is insanely cool. You get a rough idea at what flying in a fast jet looks like or means for a body that is not used or trained to sustain g forces. Interestingly 6 iMAX cameras were installed in the cockpit to film Maverick in the cockpit of the special colored F/A-18F Super Hornet.
As already commented across The Aviationist’s social network channels, while most of the audience are simply excited by the upcoming release of the movie, some pilots have also highlighted the use of special effects or CGI exposed in the second trailer for the movie. Many readers have complained, stating it makes no sense to fact check a Hollywood movie. While I truly respect all those who like Top Gun and would watch it no matter how realistic it is, being among those who will watch it on the very first day no matter the amount of special effects will be in it, I think no one should be surprised if we post articles or links to videos filmed by fighter pilots who simply state their opinion on the movie and technically explain what you can see in the trailer. This is technical outlet, focusing on technical stuff related to aviation, what would you expect?
Whatever, as the latest video proves we can expect tons of stunning aerial footage and this is great news for both aviation enthusiasts, experts as well as general public!