• The new Top Gun: Maverick trailer features the F-14 Tomcat, a central component of the original 1986 film. 1 / 8

  • In real life, however, the United States Navy retired the swing wing aircraft in September 2006. 2 / 8

  • So, why has the F-14 Tomcat returned in Top Gun: Maverick? 3 / 8

  • The sequel will undoubtedly feature new fighter jets, but they may be used to build up suspense for a nostalgia-inspired F-14 Tomcat mission. 4 / 8

  • The F-14 Tomcat is part of ‘80s pop culture because of Top Gun, but it proved to be too costly. 5 / 8

  • Maverick may choose to fly a F-14 Tomcat because of his familiarity with the aircraft, or for strategic purposes. 6 / 8

  • The F-14 Tomcat will make Top Gun: Maverick's final act even more entertaining, and perhaps bittersweet. 7 / 8

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