The Stroker movie was much closer than Days Of Thunder to the real thing if that era.
I am good on sci-fi stuff for being entertained. But in movies involving the military I am more a Private Ryan or Band of Brothers kind of movie guy.
I find the truth much more interesting resting than watching the A Team in air planes.
Put down the slide rule and enjoy the love of flying for a minute! There are very few people in the world who have had the opportunity to strap a jet to our butt and feel it rack our body as it rips through the envelope. Both Top Gun's did a great job of sharing with others what that feels like. What words are there for the joy of cat-shots, formation flying, or screaming through the Cascades on VR-1355? I've had a smile on my face for a week and have re-lived incredible memories. My dad earned a couple DFC's flying Corsairs (VMF-218) and we would have had nothing but joy watching this together.
As Staff Sgt. Matthews taught our class:
"I don't know but I've been told -
Navy wings are made of Gold.
And I don't know, but it's been said -
Air Force wings are made of lead."
- And may I also take this moment to offer my sincere movie-watching condolences to your wife.
Yes I think coming out of Covid lock downs people are hunger for any movie. T Rex already knocked off this movie.
With the quality of new movies of late even Smokey and the Bandit Two would be a hit.
Imagine if the new Indiana Jones had been ready. It would blow them all away even if it sucked.
From what I am hearing Indy 5 is probably going to suck. Indy 4 was just dumb. Remember the nuke the fridge scene? The Army Ants scene? Remember the guy who was going to replace Indy "for the franchise". Indiana Jones 1-3 for me.
Don't call me Junior!
Thanks! Also, I look back on the original Top Gun film, and think, "Man, how boring would this have been if they would have been true to life and simply picked off the MiGs at distance with their AIM-54 Phoenix missiles?" I mean, let's face it, the F-14 was pretty much designed with the intent of carrying the AIM-54 since those were so heavy that no existing naval aircraft could field them. Dogfighting is cool for film, but the reality is that a 100 mile range, fire-and-forget missile is how the engagement at the end of the film would be handled.
Hollywood has an advantage when it come to the general public. Most are ignorant enough on many things they can get away with much.
This appears to also be the case in Politics too.
What gets left out on fly overs is that most of these planes are going to be flying some place anyways.
Pilots have to keep up so many hours and practice navigation and tactics.
The fly overs are planned missions and are timed to they really are not just joy riding.
The military is learning fast from what is going on in Europe now. Tanks are not fairing well with the new shoulder rockets. Even navy ships are very vulnerable to drones and small arms anymore. The Russians have been sitting ducks in some cases.
I expect many things will be reassessed in the near future.