Set 30 years after its predecessor, it follows Maverick’s return to the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (also known as U.S. Navy-Fighter Weapons School – “TOPGUN”), where he must confront his past as he trains a group of younger pilots, among them the son of Maverick’s deceased best friend Lieutenant Nick “Goose” Bradshaw.
Bitter rivalries ignite as the pilots prepare for a specialist mission which will require the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.
Did you know………………..
The World War II P-51 Mustang seen in this movie is actually Tom Cruise’s own airplane. Cruise is an accomplished pilot in real life.
Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer are the only actors to reprise their roles from the original Top Gun (1986).
At the insistence of Tom Cruise, there are minimal green screen and CGI aerial shots in the film, and even the close up cockpit shots are taken during real in-flight sequences. This meant that much of the cast had to undergo extensive G-force training sessions, to withstand the physical demands of the G-force pressures during flights.
The actors playing pilots not only had to film themselves, turning the camera on and off, they also had to touch up their own makeup, adjust their lighting and handle their own sound. The director had to wait on the ground for hours sometimes for the actors to come back with the footage. Adjustments would be made after viewing the footage and the actors would have to go back up for another take.