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Top Gun – The movie makers Mig of choice

Can you name all the movies that F-5's have pretended to be Migs? I can't.

Formation of three aggressor F-5E aircraft of the 527th TFTS, RAF Alconbury, U.K., on Jan. 15, 1983. (U.S. Air Force photo)

No aircraft signifies fake MiG’s more than the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter in Hollywood.  During the late seventies and up until early nineties it would be featured in countless movies as the enemy. Naturally the truth is stranger than fiction on several levels.

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Top Gun – Heinemann’s Hotrod the Douglas A4 Skyhawk

One gets physical with the pilots while the other checks out the rubber hoses.

 

Welcome back to the Top Gun posts. One of the unlikely stars of Top Gun was Jesters ride. The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk deserves far more than one post. Although it has already graced this site in several forms. What Top Gun showed us is its grace as a very unlikely fighter. A role it was never meant to do until a redesign very late in life.

 

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