The new Top Gun: Maverick trailer features the F-14 Tomcat, a central component of the original 1986 film.
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In real life, however, the United States Navy retired the swing wing aircraft in September 2006.
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So, why has the F-14 Tomcat returned in Top Gun: Maverick?
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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.
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The F-14 Tomcat is part of ‘80s pop culture because of Top Gun, but it proved to be too costly.
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Maverick may choose to fly a F-14 Tomcat because of his familiarity with the aircraft, or for strategic purposes.
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The F-14 Tomcat will make Top Gun: Maverick's final act even more entertaining, and perhaps bittersweet.
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