LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Tom Cruise attends the Royal Performance of "Top Gun: Maverick" at Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
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Rules Top Gun:
Maverick Had To
Follow To Gain
U.S. Navy Approval
The producers of "Top Gun: Maverick" filmed the new action-adventure thriller with the help of the U.S. Navy, but the partnership came with a strict set of rules. Chief among the stipulations was what Tom Cruise and company could do with the exorbitantly expensive F/A-18E/F Super Hornets highlighted in the film.
Renting real fighter jets didn't come cheap to the production, which rented at $11,374 an hour. In order to secure the rental, there was also a proviso that stated Cruise could not touch any of the controls on the jets he flew in and anyone filming in the jets had to complete rigorous training requirements.
Glen Roberts, the chief of the Pentagon's entertainment media office, noted that the film would "need to uphold the integrity of the military." As a result, filmmakers need to submit their scripts to the military for review, although Roberts said he wasn't aware of the Navy requesting any changes for the new "Top Gun" chapter.