With this weeks blast from the past I thought I would focus on something that I did hundreds of times as a child and a teenager and that is watching the movie Top Gun staring Tom Cruise as Maverick. Almost anytime that I did not go to school or was up late or sick I watched this movie at one point I could recite the entire movie word for word that’s how much I watched it. As this movie was released when I was 1 until writing this post I had never actually scene the trailer for this movie check it out below
Top Gun was released in May 1986 originally receiving mixed review from critics but for movie fans it was an instant hit, Top Gun was showing at 45% more theatres 4 weeks after its release that it was when it hit the box office. Top Gun was a massive success grossing $356 million against a budget of only $15 million. Now this does not sound much but remember this was over 30 years ago think about inflation since then….
Anyway back to the movie there was action a plenty with dog fighting scene in the air what seemed like every few minutes. These scenes featured heavily the 14A Tomcat a two seater US Navy plane. As seen in the movie the plane had great manoeuvrability and good long range missiles.
For me I could and did watch this movie again and again, for me it was relaxing watching the aircraft whizz around the skies. I was once told that there was one real missile launch used for the movie and the rest were computer generated based on that one original. I used to see there watching the movie trying to pick out which was the real launch.
This movie I am sure made every child want to be a fighter pilot well at least did make me want to be one until I realised all of the study required to make that a reality. I still remember when I saw a real F14 Tomcat whilst on holidays in America (pictured below) the plane was a training plane I almost think there should be a petition to get it painted as Mavericks plane I am sure it would make it even more popular. I will do a Blast from the Past one day of my visit to the Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum where the photo was taken
There have been recent confirmations that they are finally making a Top Gun 2 after years of rumours its finally going to happen. When it does I will be there opening day to see this one and if it is even half as good as the first one I will probably be back again to see it a few more times. A release date for Top Gun 2 has been pencilled in for July 12 2019 so just over a year to wait
Here is some more Top Gun footage to make you smile while you wait for number 2
I feel the need, the need for speed..