Tag Archives: Top Gun: Maverick

Will ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Boost Navy Recruiting? History Says Probably Not

Will ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Boost Navy Recruiting? History Says Probably Not

Tom Cruise as Capt. Pete Mitchell filming Top Gun: Maverick. Paramount Photo

“Top Gun: Maverick” is a love letter to American naval aviation and comes as the Navy faces the toughest recruiting environment in a generation. Faced with a dwindling pool of potential sailors, the service could struggle to meet its Fiscal Year 2022 goal of bringing in 40,000 enlisted sailors and 3,800 officers into the sea service. But if history is any guide, the sequel to the naval aviation blockbuster might not do much to bring in new recruits. Read More

Navy Answers How a 57-Year-Old Maverick Could Still Feel the Need for Speed

Navy Answers How a 57-Year-Old Maverick Could Still Feel the Need for Speed

Tom Cruise as Capt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the upcoming film, Top Gun: Maverick. Paramount Image

Late last week, as the official motion picture trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick” raced around social media, among the questions without easy answer was how was Pete “Maverick” Mitchell still feeling the need for speed as a 57-year-old captain with 30-plus years of service? Read More

Top Gun: Maverick Will Likely Feature F-35C Joint Strike Fighters

Top Gun: Maverick Will Likely Feature F-35C Joint Strike Fighters

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 is positioned on the bow catapults of the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) March 17, 2018, in the Atlantic Ocean. US Navy photo

Hollywood’s latest take on naval aviation, Top Gun: Maverick, will likely pair the Navy’s new Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters alongside older Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, in the sequel to the 1986 blockbuster. Read More