|Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 1):|
He thinks the opening sequence shows both carriers - but it may only be on the Big E
Only the opening sequence is real and was filmed aboard Big-E in the Indian Ocean during the middle of a 120+ days at sea period. After the 4-man camera crew had departed we were informed that their real mission was to film some real-world video for a "big time Hollywood movie" --our first clue Top Gun was even in the works. For the week they were aboard, everybody thought they were filming another CV
Safety Video for the Naval Safety Center --that was their "cover story" they told the crew.
The opening sequence was the only thing "real" in the movie. Everything else was staged. The in-cockpit scenes were all shot at NARF NI
-- a "strike" damaged cockpit on used tires in front of a blue-screen with crews using 2x4's to create "movement". All the callsigns came from real aircrew names in use at NKX
at the time including... "Hollywood" (the NKX PAO
earned the name from spending so much time on the movie) Much "fun" was had by all --especially the Hummer drivers-- as a VF
-124 Tomcat flew around for 6 months with a VAW-110 Hawkeye insignia on its tails.