The most iconic jets and planes from “Top Gun”

Top Gun: Maverick took audiences by storm as throngs of Americans packed into movie theaters this week to see the best action movie of the year. Tom Cruise’s sequel to the 1986 action classic Upper gun has a fleet of iconic jets. Unless you’re a pilot, it can be difficult to keep all the amazing planes in order, so we’ve compiled a list of planes used in Upper gun and Top Gun: Maverick.


An F/A-18 Super Hornet is one of many aircraft featured in Top Gun: Maverick. Wikimedia Commons Photo.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet was specifically designed to be launched from aircraft carriers. These aircraft became the first aircraft in the US Army’s arsenal designed to perform both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. After the Vietnam War, the US Navy began development of a low-cost, multi-mission jet fighter. The Falcon F-16 was one of their initial designs before the F/A-18 Super Hornets entered service in 1983. A few years later, the Hornets were flying combat missions from the USS Coral Sea in support of the Operation El Dorado Canyon. The fighter flights were airstrikes against Libya in response to terrorist attacks under Muammar Gaddafi.

Night attack capability arrived in 1998 in a two-seater aircraft. The upgraded Hornets flew combat missions as part of Operation Desert Fox – a strike mission against Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction installations – and saw action again during the global war against the terrorism.


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P-51 Mustangs gained notoriety during World War II as escorts for bomber aircraft and for dogfights over Europe. Wikimedia Commons Photo.

The P-51 Mustang is the oldest aircraft on this list. It is also one of the most revered. The P-51 transformed the potential of the United States Army Air Force into The Second World War. These jet fighters shot down some 5,000 German jet planes over Europe and reigned supreme as bomber escorts flying over Japanese-held islands in the Pacific. The P-51s could carry 1,000 pounds of bombs and rockets and had six .50 caliber machine guns on their wings.

The planes were so effective that President Harry S. Truman dubbed them “the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane there is”.

The P-51 was retired from the United States Army in 1957. Notably, the P-51’s last combat missions were flown by the Dominican Air Force in 1984.


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Three “MiG-28” jets fly off the coast near San Diego. Photo courtesy of Fandom.

MiGs are a family of Russian aircraft, but in Top Gun, Maverick and Iceman take on the fictional MiG-28. The film used repainted F-5s to replace the fake MiG model.

“The MiG aircraft is named after the two chief engineers who ran a Soviet design bureau of the same name, Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich”, Russia beyond reports. “The two aircraft design prodigies met at the Polikarpov design bureau in Moscow and worked together to found their design bureau, which was named the ‘Mikoyan-Gurevich’ design bureau.”

The MiG-15 would have “shocked and amazed“American forces with their single 37mm gun and twin 23mm guns during the Korean War. Dogfights between the United Nations and North Korean allies were so frequent that Allied pilots nicknamed the northwest region of North Korea “Alley MiG.” Navy Major John Bolt was the only jet-powered Navy ace in the Korean War to shoot down six MiG-15s. Notably, future astronauts John Glenn and Wally Schirra each shot down a MiG in aerial combat.

Variants of Russian MiGs remain in the Air Force of the Soviet Union, China, North Korea and 41 other countries today.


The Sukhoi (Su-57) Felon is Russia’s first stealth jet fighter. Wikimedia Commons Photo.

The Sukhoi (Su-57) Felon is Russia’s first stealth jet fighter. The Russian Su-57 and the Chinese J-20 are two adversary jet fighters that face American firepower. The Su-57 has a single 30mm autocannon, 12 hardpoints where weapon systems can be mounted, and a host of other missiles, including air-to-air, air-to-surface, anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles. -radiation. These jet fighters also have modern avionics with multifunctional integrated radio-electronic systems, an active electronically scanned array radar that can track 60 targets and shoot 16 at a time. The aircraft also has an electro-optical targeting system used to support aerial combat.

“Russia’s first 5th generation fighter is often compared to the American F-22 and F-35 in discussions, despite the relatively small total number of the Su-57 (there are even only a dozen Su-57 approximately),” writes Alex Hollings. “Russia has started mass production of the fighter, however, so it stands to reason that Moscow will eventually have a respectable fleet of stealth aircraft.”


Aerial right side view of an F-14 Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron 111 assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, seen below. Wikimedia Commons Photo.

The F-14 Matou The program began in 1968 in response to the capabilities and advancements of the Soviet Union with long range bomber. These fleet defense fighter jets featured AIM-54 Phoenix air-to-air missiles, which allowed the Tomcats to engage multiple enemy aircraft from over 90 miles away.

The first flight took place in December 1970. Tomcats have a rotating cannon for aerial combat and can perform bombing raids, leading pilots to refer to the aircraft as “Bombcat.”

In August 1981, the F-14 took part in combat action, successfully shooting down two Libyan Su-22 fighters over the Gulf of Sidra. The jet fighter was also used in the Gulf War, the Balkans and the Global War on Terror. The US military retired the aircraft in 2006.

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