After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.
Paramount Pictures released the second trailer for Top Gun 2: Maverick. We still don’t know the film’s plot but we do finally know that there is actual air combat in the film. Also, Maverick is now piloting what looks like a hypersonic aircraft—hopefully taking care of his need for speed once and for all.
Next, Maverick is ordered back to the Top Gun program, where he’s put in charge of training a group of cocky F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilots. Somebody apparently dies, likely during training, and Maverick breaks up a fight between two pilots…one of whom looks strikingly similar to “Goose,” his radar intercept officer tragically killed in the first film.
Maverick is still popping his air brakes during air combat training, rapidly bleeding energy from his aircraft, and causing his opponents to overshoot him. It’s kind of a tired trick and hopefully, Pete Mitchell has some new tricks up his sleeve.
At some point, Maverick and his charges go to sea. According to the U.S. Naval Institute, the movie was filmed onboard the carriers USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Theodore Roosevelt. From there Maverick and three other Super Hornet aircrews, likely his students, appear to go on an actual combat mission, their jets loaded with AIM-9X Sidewinders and GBU-24 2,000 pound laser-guided bunker-buster bombs. The pod on the left side of the fuselage is the AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared pod (ATFLIR).
The trailer is kind of all over the map, so watch it above and then let’s talk about it. All done? Good.
At the trailer’s end, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is seen in a pressurized suit typically used in high altitude aircraft such as the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes. Maverick is also wearing the suit in the first trailer as Ed Harris, a two-star admiral, is breaking down what Tom Cruise’s character has been doing in the past 30 years. He’s still in the Navy but in some kind of test pilot limbo.
Now we know what Mitchell is flying in the film: a dart-shaped, high-speed aircraft so fast it makes the roof of a guard shack bounce. There’s only a glimpse of it, but the plane has a spade-like nose, two visible air intakes, and stubby wings. Ed Harris says that Maverick’s kind is “headed for extinction,” a likely reference to the rise of unmanned aircraft. That sounds like an allusion if there ever was one, and Pete Mitchell will definitely prove Harris’ character wrong. Maybe the flying dart is optionally manned, and tagging along for the ride, Maverick saves the aircraft from catastrophe.
We are all excited
Source: Paramount Pictures