Military Aviation

Top Gun: Maverick to feature the iconic F-14 Tomcat

According to some Facebook rumors, the F-14 Tomcat in Top Gun: Maverick will play the role of enemy aircraft

The interesting photos in this post show Tom Cruise and Miles Teller on location for ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ in Lake Tahoe. As reported by Hollywood Pipeline (click here to check out more photos), Cruise, Teller and crew gathered inside a hangar to go over the day’s shooting schedule before heading out to start filming.

31 year old Teller is playing the role of Goose’s son, Bradley Bradshaw who is the protege to Maverick in the sequel.

Inside the hangar they filmed some scenes featuring an F-14 Tomcat.

According to CVW – US Navy Carrier Air Wing Aircraft 1975-2015 book series Facebook Page, the Tomcat in question was “F-14A BuNo 159631 (on the charge of the San Diego Air & Space Museum) which was recently seen ‘road running’ in the Lake Tahoe, California area in a post by the California Highway Patrol, believed en route to a site for use in the filming of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’. Well, she’s received markings of a spurious air force and is seen in this post going through rehearsals…just a shame any flying F-14s in the film will be only via CGI.”

According to some Facebook rumors the Tomcat in Top Gun: Maverick will play the role of enemy aircraft.

In November, the actor had reportedly delayed filming for the hotly-anticipated sequel so that he could master a new skill – piloting fighter jets.

An insider told The Sun: ‘He already has a license to fly planes but isn’t qualified to fly fighter jets, which he’s now learning to do.’

‘He won’t film all the flight sequences — it’s too dangerous — but he will fly some, making him the first actor in cinema history to do so. The producers would prefer not to put their leading man, not to mention their whole film, at risk.’

As we have already explained 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.

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.

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.

This model is available in multiple sizes from AirModels – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS.

In August in fact, a film crew fromParamount Pictures was aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) thesame time the Navy began launching F-35C jets off the ship interchangeably with F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as an integrated air wing.

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.

Top Gun: Maverick will also see Kenny Loggins re-recording ‘DangerZone’ for the movie aswell as Harold Faltermeyer and Hans Zimmer joining forces on the score forthe movie.

This print is available in multiple sizes from – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. Artwork depicting F-14A NG213 (BuNo 160888) flown by Steve Petro Petrosky and Dave Bio Baranek

Photo credit:

Artwork courtesy of

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.

Recent Posts

US Navy Operations Specialist explains why Ukrainian F-16s will most probably win BVR engagements against Russian Su-35s

Ukrainian F-16s Vs Russian Su-35s American-made F-16 fighters will arrive in Ukraine this summer: in… Read More

9 hours ago

The Minerve (i.e. a sort of ‘tricolor B-58 Hustler’) and the French bombers that never were

The French bombers that never were: the Mirage IVB and the Minerve In 1957, when… Read More

9 hours ago

Dragon Lady retirement moves forward: USAF retires U-2 Tail 80-1085 as her pilot conducts their 1,085 solo flight

Beale retires U-2 Tail 80-1085 as her pilot conducts their 1,085 solo flight On Apr.… Read More

1 day ago

USAF Avionics Technician explains why Scaled Composites ARES was like a mini A-10 Warthog

The Scaled Composites ARES Agile Responsive Effective Support (ARES) is a full-scale proof-of-concept demonstrator that… Read More

2 days ago

An Omega KDC-10 is the first commercial tanker to refuel USAF B-52, MC-130J over Pacific Ocean

Omega KDC-10 commercial tanker refuels USAF B-52, MC-130J over Pacific Ocean As Pacific Air Forces… Read More

2 days ago