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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian29 Jul 2021 6:54 a.m. PST

…In a Movie About the USS Nimitz Going Back in Time to 1941

From Military: link

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2021 11:27 a.m. PST

One of my favorite movies from the 70's. I watched it at a NASA area theater near Houston and the audience cheered when the Zeros were taken down.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2021 11:42 a.m. PST

Funny thing is the Air Force got the biggest bump in recruitment after Top Gun premiered!

USAFpilot30 Jul 2021 7:01 a.m. PST

The Navy gets the attention because they have the best uniforms. Top Gun inspired many to want to fly. After a little research, I determined the best opportunity to fly is in the Air Force.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2021 12:53 p.m. PST

Was there ever a plane as "cool" as the F14 Tomcat? That little F18 only has one of the two engines at the back. Plus it does not have the skull and crossbones on the tails. US Navy always got the best fighter planes over Air Force (huge contrast with UK of course and I will admit the P40 and above all the P51 as exceptions)

The film? I saw it in Leicester Square (by UK standards that was a big screen…a very big screen, with sound to die for in those days). I did laugh, even then, when the recon plane brought back a photo of Battleship Row (a genuine photo, but taken by the Japs in 1941 and showing the attack already underway, torpedo tracks and all). But the Tomcats stunting and chasing the "Zeros" (to this day I cannot find the fault in them and I have this on DVD). On a big screen I started to feel a bit dodgy. We were too near the front and I was out of my head anyway. Happy days

Great find, Editor in C

USAFpilot31 Jul 2021 11:05 a.m. PST

US Navy always got the best fighter planes

LOL. How do you define "best"? Best looking. Planes that are capable of landing on aircraft carriers have reinforced landing gear because of all the stress and forces involved. That equates to more weight, which is the last thing you want in aerodynamics. Navy fighters, especially the F-14 are dogs in an air-to-air fight.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2021 2:15 p.m. PST

"the F-14 are dogs in an air-to-air fight"

That is fascinating. I was from a generation that anything prop driven off a US carrier ruled the skies………just before we were born. Then came that Nam thing where Phantoms and Skyhawks where just so….well the term cool is so dated. But they were. Even I, as a long haired weirdo Grateful Dead fan (to this day), knew the Crusader was also past its best. But Yankee Station…glad I was not asked to serve, but grateful they did. Same age kids.

You make a very good point. Navy got the best looking planes your side of the Pond recently (ie last four decades). P40 and P51 as exceptions, Navy always did best. F15 Eagle is a beautiful plane I will admit. Every so often a couple fly low over our house even now…..stunning.

Ghostrunner09 Aug 2021 12:21 p.m. PST

Navy guy here, and it does all come down to your definition of ‘best'.

For my money:

Best air-to-air: F-22

Best bomber/strike: B-2

Best CAS: A-10

All Air Force planes.

But none (except maybe the A-10 on a dare) are going to land on a carrier.

Kirk Alderfer Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2021 10:57 a.m. PST

I'm just going to say it…"COOL"

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