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F-14 Tomcat aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt for Top Gun Sequel filming shifts on the deck

“Bad storm yesterday came through SD. Seemed to have shifted on the deck.”

As we have reported, on Feb. 14, 2019 F-14A Tomcat BuNo 159631 was lifted aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier in San Diego for Top Gun: Maverick production.

Tom Cruise and the movie crew were aboard the aircraft carrier too.

Now as shown in this post, new photos of the F-14 aboard the aircraft carrier have surfaced.

As the anonymous source who took them explained us the Tomcat seemed to have shifted on the deck. “Bad storm yesterday came through SD. Seemed to have shifted on the deck.”

However the F-14 is now back on her wheels and parked on the flight deck near U.S. Navy Super Hornets.

An F-14 aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier remains a cool sight: the iconic Tomcat in fact was retired from active service in 2006 but the Aviation Geeks from all over the world never forgot the last of the Grumman Cats.

Besides the F-14 Tomcat, Top Gun: Maverick will likely feature the Navy’s new Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters alongside older Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

According to some Facebook rumors the Tomcat will play the role of enemy aircraft in the movie. So sad any flying F-14s in the film will be only via CGI.

The movie was assigned a theatrical release date of Jul. 12, 2019 last year, but on September Paramount announced that had delayed the sequel nearly an entire year, assigning it a new release date of Jun. 26, 2020.

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Noteworthy as already reported Maverick’s rides for Top Gun sequel will be a cool special painted F/A-18F Super Hornet (which experienced a mid-air issue while it was flying with Tom Cruise on board in September) and a new motorcycle that Tom Cruise already drove around airfield (as he did on a Kawasaki Ninja in the 1986 original) as shown in first pictures from Top Gun: Maverick set.

Tom Cruise teased the start of filming on the long-awaited Top Gun sequel on May 31, 2018with a tweet featuring an image of an older Capt. Pete Mitchell standing in a flight suit with his famous HGU-33 helmet (that wore to fly his F-14A Tomcat) in hand.

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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