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Highway to the Danger Zone…



Some readers will know of your correspondent’s special affection for Top Gun (the effects for which were done by Colossal Pictures/USFX).  So it will come as no surprise that he’s delighted to share this homemade homage, a shot-for-shot re-creation of the films heart-pounding climax…

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Cinefix has created a homemade remake of Maverick’s final dogfight scene in the 1986 action drama film Top Gun. The new episode of Homemade Movies was directed by Pasadena, California-based animator and musician Dustin McLean of DustFilms….

Read more at Laughing Squid; then see a side-by-side comparison, a behind the scenes video, and check out Dustin’s ongoing homemade remake series.


As we ruminate on the right stuff, we might recall that it was on this date in 1958 that the last Fokker CX in military service, the Finnish Air Force FK-111, crashed.  Having served first the Dutch, then the Finns primarily as a scout plane and light bomber since 1933, the last of the FK-111’s was in service as a target tow-plane when it crashed into a forest, killing the pilot (Second Lieutenant Aimo Allinen) and the winch-operator (Second Lieutenant Antti Kukkonen).

The FK-111 (The swastika was used as the official national marking of the Finnish Defense Forces between 1918 and 1945, and remains part of the insignia of the Finnish Air Force.)


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January 21, 2014 at 1:01 am

Shooting oneself in the foot with an air-to-air missile…

Foreign Policy suggests that China is using Top Gun footage as Chinese air force drill reportage…  (particularly amusing to your correspondent, as his alma mater [USFX, part of Colossal Pictures] created the shots in question :-)


As part of its ongoing expansion, has the People’s Liberation Army signed up Goose and Maverick? Chinese bloggers are accusing state broadcaster CCTV of using repurposed footage from the 1986 film Top Gun for a story on a recent air force drill. “Ministry of Tofu” explains:

In the newscast, the way a target was hit by the air-to-air missile fired by a J-10 fighter aircraft and exploded looks almost identical to a cinema scene from the Hollywood film Top Gun.

A net user who went by the name “??” (Liu Yi) pointed out that the jet that the J-10 “hit” is an F-5, a US fighter jet. In Top Gun, what the leading actor Tom Cruise pilots an F-14 to bring down is exactly an F-5. Looking at the screenshots juxtaposition, one cannot fail to find that even flame, smoke and the way the splinters fly look the same.

Assuming the above screen shots [more at the links in the first paragraph, above] are genuine, the rip-off seems pretty clear. In related news, CCTV recently aired footage of the Chinese Olympic volleyball team at their secret training facility.


As we remind ourselves never to trust our eyes, we might recall that this date in 1959 was “the day the music died”: the day that a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson (aka, The Big Bopper), and pilot Roger Peterson.



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