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How Much Of Top Gun 2 Is Real & How Much Is CGI

Tom Cruise does fly a plane for real in Top Gun: Maverick. The actor got his pilot’s license in the years after Top Gun was released in 1986, so it was one of his mandates to make a sequel that he’d get to fly a real fighter jet in the sequel. While Maverick is often seen flying in a Boeing F/A 18F Super Hornet jet and the fictional Hypersonic “Darkstar” jet, Cruise was not in control of either aircraft. Tom Cruise flew backseat in these real planes with another pilot, experiencing incredible g-force and flying at high speeds, but he was not piloting them for the most part. Although Cruise is a licensed pilot, the limits of his skills, insurance, and military regulations meant that another Navy pilot needed to be in command of these planes.

While Tom Cruise does really fly in several jets for Top Gun 2, he also was given the chance to pilot one for real. The sequence comes during Top Gun: Maverick‘s ending after Pete is reunited with Penny (Jennifer Connelly). He takes her for a flight in his rebuilt P-51 propeller plane, and this was the one instance where Tom Cruise was actually serving as the pilot. The P-51 Mustang used in Top Gun: Maverick is owned by Tom Cruise in real life, which allowed him to really fly it for the film’s conclusion.

Do Top Gun: Maverick’s Other Cast Members Really Fly?

As for the rest of Top Gun: Maverick‘s cast members, they also really flew in the jets just like Cruise, but none of them flew the jets by themselves. All of the cast member’s jets were piloted by trained Navy pilots for their aerial sequences. Even though flying in a plane as a passenger might sound a bit easy, it required significant training from the cast. Tom Cruise developed a three-month, intensive training program for Miles Teller’s Rooster and his co-stars that they had to go through prior to filming beginning. This included various tests and physical training meant to prepare them to be in a real F/A 18 Super Hornet for production. All of the Top Gun: Maverick cast members who had to be in a jet for the movie participated in the grueling process, which ended with them being more than ready for the real experience.

Beyond the flight training, capturing Top Gun: Maverick‘s aerial sequences meant the cast members essentially becoming their own crew and cinematographer. A typical day on set when flying was involved saw the individual actors leave for an hour or two at a time and film their aerial scenes. However, director Joseph Kosinski couldn’t communicate with them during this time or see the footage that was being filmed inside Top Gun 2‘s fighter jets. So the crew of the sequel invented new camera rigs to go inside the cockpit with the actors, which required them to properly frame and light the shots. Their only aid during this time was the real pilots in the cockpit with them, but they were focused on flying the jets.

How Much Of Top Gun: Maverick Is CGI?

Putting the cast in real flying scenes doesn’t mean that everything in Top Gun: Maverick was done practically. The movie certainly thrives on the realism created by these believable sequences, but visual effects were used in other ways. One area that seems to be partially aided by CGI is the dogfights, as the missiles launching and bullets shooting at the planes are surely fake. Doing any of that practically would put the actors, real pilots, and crew in great danger. With that in mind, it also seems that the bombing of the underground uranium facility belonging to Top Gun: Maverick‘s villains was aided by CGI. There are surely other smaller examples of visual effects being used in Top Gun: Maverick, but it was all done to service the real aerial sequences happening throughout the rest of the film.

Why Top Gun 2 Uses Practical Stunts Rather Than CGI

Beyond Tom Cruise’s thrill-seeking persona, Top Gun: Maverick uses practical stunts rather than CGI to give viewers a more believable experience. Everyone involved with the movie agreed that it would be far too noticeable if the actors were faking what it felt like to experience almost 10-gs of force, traveling at over 600 knots, and everything else that comes with actually being in a fighter jet. This wasn’t the easy route to take by any measure, as Top Gun 2 could’ve played it safe by placing the actors in front of green screens and inside fake cockpits to tackle its aerial sequences. But Tom Cruise’s history of real stunts meant this shortcut was incredibly unlikely. Doing the flying practically brings an even greater sense of danger to Top Gun: Maverick – on top of it just looking incredible – as audiences can clearly see what the actors endured to deliver these mesmerizing action scenes.


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How Much Of Top Gun 2 Is Real & How Much Is CGI

Tom Cruise does fly a plane for real in Top Gun: Maverick. The actor got his pilot’s license in the years after Top Gun was released in 1986, so it was one of his mandates to make a sequel that he’d get to fly a real fighter jet in the sequel. While Maverick is often seen flying in a Boeing F/A 18F Super Hornet jet and the fictional Hypersonic “Darkstar” jet, Cruise was not in control of either aircraft. Tom Cruise flew backseat in these real planes with another pilot, experiencing incredible g-force and flying at high speeds, but he was not piloting them for the most part. Although Cruise is a licensed pilot, the limits of his skills, insurance, and military regulations meant that another Navy pilot needed to be in command of these planes.

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While Tom Cruise does really fly in several jets for Top Gun 2, he also was given the chance to pilot one for real. The sequence comes during Top Gun: Maverick‘s ending after Pete is reunited with Penny (Jennifer Connelly). He takes her for a flight in his rebuilt P-51 propeller plane, and this was the one instance where Tom Cruise was actually serving as the pilot. The P-51 Mustang used in Top Gun: Maverick is owned by Tom Cruise in real life, which allowed him to really fly it for the film’s conclusion.
Do Top Gun: Maverick’s Other Cast Members Really Fly?

As for the rest of Top Gun: Maverick‘s cast members, they also really flew in the jets just like Cruise, but none of them flew the jets by themselves. All of the cast member’s jets were piloted by trained Navy pilots for their aerial sequences. Even though flying in a plane as a passenger might sound a bit easy, it required significant training from the cast. Tom Cruise developed a three-month, intensive training program for Miles Teller’s Rooster and his co-stars that they had to go through prior to filming beginning. This included various tests and physical training meant to prepare them to be in a real F/A 18 Super Hornet for production. All of the Top Gun: Maverick cast members who had to be in a jet for the movie participated in the grueling process, which ended with them being more than ready for the real experience.

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Beyond the flight training, capturing Top Gun: Maverick‘s aerial sequences meant the cast members essentially becoming their own crew and cinematographer. A typical day on set when flying was involved saw the individual actors leave for an hour or two at a time and film their aerial scenes. However, director Joseph Kosinski couldn’t communicate with them during this time or see the footage that was being filmed inside Top Gun 2‘s fighter jets. So the crew of the sequel invented new camera rigs to go inside the cockpit with the actors, which required them to properly frame and light the shots. Their only aid during this time was the real pilots in the cockpit with them, but they were focused on flying the jets.
How Much Of Top Gun: Maverick Is CGI?

Putting the cast in real flying scenes doesn’t mean that everything in Top Gun: Maverick was done practically. The movie certainly thrives on the realism created by these believable sequences, but visual effects were used in other ways. One area that seems to be partially aided by CGI is the dogfights, as the missiles launching and bullets shooting at the planes are surely fake. Doing any of that practically would put the actors, real pilots, and crew in great danger. With that in mind, it also seems that the bombing of the underground uranium facility belonging to Top Gun: Maverick‘s villains was aided by CGI. There are surely other smaller examples of visual effects being used in Top Gun: Maverick, but it was all done to service the real aerial sequences happening throughout the rest of the film.

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Why Top Gun 2 Uses Practical Stunts Rather Than CGI

Beyond Tom Cruise’s thrill-seeking persona, Top Gun: Maverick uses practical stunts rather than CGI to give viewers a more believable experience. Everyone involved with the movie agreed that it would be far too noticeable if the actors were faking what it felt like to experience almost 10-gs of force, traveling at over 600 knots, and everything else that comes with actually being in a fighter jet. This wasn’t the easy route to take by any measure, as Top Gun 2 could’ve played it safe by placing the actors in front of green screens and inside fake cockpits to tackle its aerial sequences. But Tom Cruise’s history of real stunts meant this shortcut was incredibly unlikely. Doing the flying practically brings an even greater sense of danger to Top Gun: Maverick – on top of it just looking incredible – as audiences can clearly see what the actors endured to deliver these mesmerizing action scenes.

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