It may have Tom Cruise up there with top billing, but for many the real stars of Top Gun: Maverick are the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets.

As the movie lights up cinema screens worldwide, another promotional featurette has launched, focusing on the jets and the people who fly them – both in the movie and in real life.

A fun fact is that Cruise didn’t get to play with an actual Super Hornet, as the US Navy said, “Nope”. That may be because they’re valued at around US$70 million each – which is close to half the budget of the movie. This doesn’t mean that qualified pilot Cruise didn’t do heaps of flying stunts himself, just not in the Navy’s pride and joy.

Anyway, the footage in the featurette is pretty exciting stuff, as is the movie – check out our review here.

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