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Like the original, of course top gunit would not have been possible to shoot Top Gun: Maverick without the right plane. Namely, the sequel required access to real fighter planes, including F/A-18 Super Hornets and F-35. Spring, loner‘s cast and crew acquired these fighter planes, but it cost a pretty penny to achieve this.

To be clear, Tom Cruise and his co-stars who played pilots Top Gun: Maverick actually flew for the film. However, when it came to the F/A-18 Super Hornets and F-35, Bloomberg reports that it not only cost up to $11,374 an hour to borrow these fighter jets from the US Navy, but also from Tom Cruise and the other actors were not allowed to touch the controls because Pentagon regulations prevented civilians from controlling Defense Department assets other than small arms in training scenarios. Instead, Cruise and the actors rode behind the pilots of these fighter jets, having undergone the necessary training in emergency exit from the plane and in surviving at sea.

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