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Tom Cruise's 'Top Gun: Maverick' not far off from real deal
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"Top Gun: Maverick", the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 Tom Cruise film, has taken off at the box office with $19.3 million in its Thursday preview and counting. The figure marks the biggest preview gross for Paramount Pictures and the highest preview for the Memorial Day holiday. The film is aiming to fly above $100 million in its domestic opening weekend.
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While it's Hollywood at its best, the films are based on the real-life Navy's Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, commonly referred to as TOPGUN, which is designed to teach the fleet's aircrew advanced fighter tactics. The program, which was established in 1969 at Naval Air Station Miramar in California during Vietnam, produces graduate-level fighter pilots, adversary instructors and air-intercept controllers.
According to its website, strike fighter tactics instructors are trained over the course of 13 weeks, while adversary students and air intercept controllers are trained over nine weeks.
"The first couple of weeks you're spending in almost a pure academic setting," Former TOPGUN instructor and retired Navy Commander Guy Snodgrass tells FOX Business. "You're teaching them all the information they're going to need to succeed through the course. It's everything from information on missiles, airplanes and ships to how you do certain techniques and tactics."