Aircraft Carriers

Filming for Top Gun: Maverick taking place aboard USS Abraham Lincoln

Cmdr. Dave Hecht with Naval Air Force Atlantic, said that the crew will be getting footage of F/A-18 carrier qualification take offs and landings during the shoot

Production on the sequel for “Top Gun” will include the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln – as well as Carrier Air Wing Seven.

As reported by, Cmdr. Dave Hecht with Naval Air Force Atlantic confirmed on Aug. 21 that a 15-person crew from Paramount and Bruckheimer Films will be aboard USS Abraham Lincoln through Aug. 25 to shoot flight deck operations.

Hecht added that the crew will be getting footage of F/A-18 carrier qualification take offs and landings during the shoot. Neither Cruise nor any of the other actors will be aboard the aircraft carrier for the shoot.

The 1986 original was credited for helping boost service sign-ups following its release.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Jeremy Parrish directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

Hecht said the following in his statement Tuesday:

“Top Gun inspired countless men and women to volunteer to protect and defend our country as Naval aviators and the crew of USS Abraham Lincoln are excited to play a small role in bringing this story back to the silver screen and inspiring another generation to serve in the world’s finest Navy.”

Tom Cruise teased the start of filming on the long-awaited Top Gun sequel on May 31, 2018 with 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.

The movie starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer is looking to cast the son of Maverick’s Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), Goose (played by Anthony Edwards in the original). Top Gun: Maverick will also see Kenny Loggins re-recording ‘Danger Zone’ for the movie.

Top Gun: Maverick is slated to hit theaters on Jul. 12, 2019.

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Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane Bryan / U.S. Navy

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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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