Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick (2020), Facebook
Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick (2020), Facebook

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is Navy approved, down to the plot details

by Nancy Montgomery
Stars and Stripes

What’s Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell been up to the past 32 years since the Navy fighter pilot first expressed his need for speed in 1986’s highest-grossing film?

Why, as a rear admiral played by Ed Harris asks Maverick in the “Top Gun: Maverick” trailer released two weeks ago, is he still a captain, despite more than 30 years of service and an unparalleled record shooting down enemy planes?

Cmdr. Ron Flanders, spokesman for Naval Air Forces in San Diego, can’t, by contract, say.

“We’ll probably have to see the movie to see what he’s been doing,” Flanders said.

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