Top Gun: Maverick - Inside the Cockpit

Thirty four years, three months and six days since the iconic 1986 film Top Gun, its sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise, will be released in the US and UK on December 23 this year.

The efforts of film makers and naval aviators alike to bring this major movie to the big screen can be read about, listened to and seen in the pages of Combat Aircraft Journal and at Key.Aero. A competition film about family, friendship and sacrifice, and a love letter to aviation, Top Gun: Maverick will also see Val Kilmer reprise his role of Iceman; alongside new actors, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm and Miles Teller, in this movie written by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski.

F/A-18E Super Hornets [US Navy/MCS2C Morgan K Nall]
A pair of US Navy-operated Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornets in flight. The type will be heavily featured in Top Gun: Maverick as the fighter flown by 'Maverick' and other characters. US Navy/MCS2C Morgan K Nall 

More than 34-years after his classified encounter with the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-28, Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell is working as a courageous test pilot when he is assigned to a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a special mission. Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice.

Watch the aviation featurette below and find out how they shot Top Gun: Maverick’s aerial sequences live, not using CGI, with brand new IMAX quality cameras inside the cockpit. Read about the sequel to the iconic 1986 movie in future editions of Combat Aircraft Journal and watch more additional Top Gun: Maverick content on Key.Aero soon.