Top Gun training base
Already used in the first Top Gun, the Lemoore Naval Station is transformed into a film set for the production of Top Gun: Maverick. Back in the leather jacket of Maverick, the cockpit genius, Tom Cruise is now an instructor in charge of training the younger generation for a particularly delicate mission.
The first meeting between the young pilots, including Glen Powell and Miles Teller, and Tom Cruise takes place at Lemoore Naval Station. Director Joseph Kosinski, like his illustrious predecessor Tony Scott before him, has the full support of the United States Air Force. He wraps the sequence of the first meeting between Maverick and his protégés in a hangar overlooking the base’s runways and returns to it regularly thereafter. The Lemoore Naval Station becomes the nerve center of the feature film. A way to anchor Top Gun: Maverick a little more in the great history of the Navy.
Directed “the old-fashioned way”, without abusing digital effects, Top Gun: Maverick uses real locations such as the Lemoore Naval Station most of the time. The Hard Deck, the bar run by Jennifer Connelly’s character in the film, is an exception. If Tony Scott had set his sights on an authentic bar-restaurant, the Kansas City Barbecue in San Diego, he was not called back into service for the sequel. Instead, the set design team chose to take over a vacant site on Breakers Beach, also in San Diego. A place built from scratch, more real than real!
The Top Gun sequel was first mentioned in 2010.
Lemoore Naval Air Avenue
The newest US Navy jet base, Lemoore is also the largest. It hosts five aircraft carrier air wings.
This US Air Force station was commissioned in 1961. Since the transfer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to the United States Marine Corps, Lemoore now has all the facilities of Strike Fighter Wing Pacific. It consists of several tracks, warehouses and multiple infrastructures including several training centers. She appears in the movie Top Gun: Maverick.
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