How the US Military Gave Notes on ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Top Gun: MaverickImmersive, cockpit-fired aerial battles and low-, close-range flight scenes are made possible by a rare and unbridled military approach. Witnessing this scene recalls a letter Francis Ford Coppola once wrote to the Pentagon: “I can only assume that the military uses their control over these planes as a means of getting out. command which movies can do and which cannot do”. The United States Air Force refused Coppola support and access to helicopters that were integral to *Apocalypse Now–* eventually, Britain reached an agreement with Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be Approach Huey helicopters, fighter planes and military trucks.

Seven years later, the original Top Guns (1986) helped increase Navy recruitment by about 8% (not quite the 500% statistic floating around on social media). In Alissa Wilkinson’s Vox article, “The Long and Twisted Love Between the U.S. Army and Hollywood,” film historian Mark Harris said the dynamics changed after Vietnam “sold Hollywood from the military,” We need you to help us,’ the military told Hollywood, ‘We’ll help you. We will grant you access. ‘”

The army is also happy to support the sequel to Top Guns: Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works has partnered with Paramount Pictures to produce a dummy/potentially physical simulation of their unfinished Hypersonic SR-72 stealth aircraft for the “Mach 10” series, complete with Lockheed logo on pilot stick. The Maverick Talk in a real “ready room” and take off from the Soviet aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt aboard a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet, equipped with a Sony Venice 6K cinema camera.

The Pentagon had some input Maverickscript’s too. Following initial reports, Captain JJ “Yank” Cummings and Commander Tim “Sparky” Charlebois worked with screenwriter Eric Singer and the film’s director Joseph Kosinski for several months to ensure the film depicts the Navy. “accurate, positive and professional manner”.

Cummings hopes Top Gun: Maverick did for the current generation what the original did for him — pushing civilians into the army. He talked to GQ his period advising Singer and Kosinski on what to add, change, and remove from their description of the Navy and a meticulous introduction to the military superiority of the United States.

GQ: I’ve read about how you worked with director Joseph Kosinski overnight at the Soviet aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, but what’s the rest of your time? Top Gun: Maverick look like?

Captain Cummings: I received a call in June 2017 from the commander of the Navy Air Force Pacific Office of Public Affairs asking if I would escort the director and producer to the Soviet Union Theodore Roosevelt to stay a night on the aircraft carrier or not. I wasn’t “hired” for my filmmaking experience, I was “hired” to base my F-14, F-18 and aircraft carriers.

The night before we boarded the train, I showed Joe [Kosinski] a series of dynamic flying videos exclusively for the tomcat scene. He loved them and told me at the San Diego Premiere in May, “Yank. Top Gun: Maverick starting the night I sat down on the couch in your living room. “I took Joe to the carrier, and we sorted out some of the plot themes based on the discussions we had and what he saw on the ship. Eric Singer, who wrote American Hustle, is the writer but can not make the trip out to the train. CDR Tim “Sparky” Charlebois boarded shortly after the carrier visit and we both decided on a trip to Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, Nevada, where TOPGUN [The real-life United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program] located in position, will be worth. We think Eric and Joe need to meet up with a group of navy pilots, observe a troop in training, attack the Fallon NAS Officers Club — legendary by the way — and meet the TOPGUN staff in their building.

https://www.gq.com/story/top-gun-maverick-military-advisor-interview How the US Military Gave Notes on ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

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