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I agree, the F-14 was an incredible platform.  A very capable fighter/interceptor and you could hang bombs on it to make it a fighter/bomber.  The one thing you never wanted to do with an F-14 was to enter into a spin.  Recovery from flat spins was nearly impossible and the F-14 would crash.  If a F-14 entered a flat spin, it was the RIO's job to jettison the canopy, then the RIO and pilot could safely eject.  The movie Top Gun got this right when Maverick (pilot) and Goose (RIO) got into a flat spin, the canopy had not cleared the aircraft when Goose ejected (the RIO always ejects first), and he struck the canopy, breaking his neck and killing him.

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Work work work Stans, and I lost the taste for gaming. It has since returned and I am having a great time running and gunning with Dude, Gunny, Deacon and Madman.

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The F-14 is/was an awesome piece of machinery. :thumbsup:

I see that there's a sequel to 'Top Gun' in the works:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1745960/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The first movie seems to have a profound effect on USN procurement though. Apart from the F-14 flying sequences, the movie is mostly remembered for the volleyball scene...and it seems a floating volleyball court won against the F-14. :o
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Floating volleyball court! :rofl::rofl::rofl: Yes, it does resemble a volleyball court.

Yeah, a "Top Gun 2" is supposed to be filmed.  I heard it will actually be titled "Top Gun: Maverick".  I think they should just leave it alone, but with Hollyweird it is always the quest for more money.

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OK, we're stuck with Tom Cruise then.

Luckily, the story almost writes itself:

Act 1:
Maverick (now top instructor at Top Gun) shows some young hotshots how it's done in awesome aerial sequences. Later, gets on motorbike to visit wife's grave (Kelly McGillis inexplicably unavailable for the sequel)

Act 2:
Doris, a brilliant pilot and daughter of the president of Freedomistan visits Top Gun in some exchange program. Mav and Doris fall in love despite all the odds. News comes through that evil Iran has invaded neighbouring Freedomistan.

Act 3:
While the US cannot officially support Freedomistan for some reason, the CIA allows Mav the use of a C-17 to try to evacuate Doris's family. Peter (Goose's son, that Mav has adopted since Goose's widow was killed in freak auto accident and now happens to be an excellent aircraft mechanic) insists on coming along. They get hit by an Iranian SAM, and Mav brilliantly manages to crash land although all are rendered unconscious.

Act 4:
They wake up in a Zoroastrian monastary in the Iranian mountains. Suddenly, Mav hears 'You!'. It's Iceman who's become a monk (TODO: Fill in some backstory here)
Mav, Doris, Iceman and Peter leave for the border but get captured and taken to an Iranian airbase.

Act 5:
After some brutal interrogation, Mav escapes, frees the others and steals some guns, but they get cornered in a hanger. Under some tarps, they find a bunch of F-14s delivered in the 1970s that the Iranians have allowed to fall into disrepair. Peter gets to work, and manages to get two of them servicable while the others keep the Iranians at bay with special Hollywood unlimited ammunition.

Act 6:
With 'Danger Zone' playing in the background, the hanger doors open and Mav and Iceman (Note for props dept: We may need a bigger cockpit for Val Kilmer this time) head for the runway. Doris and Peter in the RIO seats. They come under intense machine-gun fire, but luckily are not hit.
With their AIM-54 missiles and cannon fire, they manage to shoot down the entire Iranian airforce who appear to be equipped with planes that look a bit like F-5s.
The Iranians 'bug out' from Freedomistan. The End.

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Goes without saying that there needs to be plenty of volleyball (and singing) to fill out the two and a half hours.

Unfortunately, Hollywood Scriptwriter Union rules put an upper limit of 5 minutes that can be spent on a single movie (Luckily, nobody has noticed that the output from Hollywood lacks depth).
But I have a few seconds spare, so lets have the USN Volleyball ship (pictured above) in the Persian Gulf, bringing peace to the Middle East by getting all factions to solve their differences with a volleyball competition.

 

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