I joined some friends for lunch at “One Hot Mama’s” barbecue restaurant followed by a trip next door to the movie theater to see Tom Cruise’s new “Top Gun” movie. One of the friends is a retired Navy fighter pilot who said the flight scenes were about 60 percent accurate. The F-18s in the movie are real, as are the experiencing of G-forces by the actors. That’s how we know the Pentagon was deeply involved.
Here’s the plot: The Navy’s top pilots (the “top guns”) are asked to risk their lives not for their country but for the benefit of “one of our allies” with a sneak attack on a mountain hideaway of an enriched uranium site that, if used to manufacture a bomb, could threaten the “ally.” They succeed of course, igniting a big celebration and of course Tom Cruise gets the girl once again at the end. My retired fighter pilot friend said that the first “Top Gun” movie caused a huge surge in enlistments in the Navy. As for the new one, Boobus Americanus is apparently eating it up. I read that they’ve hauled in over $400 million in the first week or so.7:26 pm on June 12, 2022