The One Thing The Navy Wouldn't Let Tom Cruise Do In Top Gun: Maverick

After more than 30 years since the release of the first “Top Gun” and numerous COVID-related delays, Tom Cruise’s Pete "Maverick" Mitchell will be returning to TOPGUN as an instructor in “Top Gun: Maverick.” Fans are especially looking forward to seeing Cruise fly aircrafts on his own, but there is one specific plane that the U.S. Navy did not allow him to fly.
Cruise has stated that he told fellow producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he would only do the sequel on the condition that the film didn’t wholly rely on CGI. Bruckheimer revealed in an interview that “the Navy wouldn’t let [Tom] fly an F-18, but he flies a P-51 in the movie, and he flies helicopters."
As Cruise couldn’t pilot the $70 million Super Hornet, the filmmakers decided to install six IMAX cameras inside the cockpits of F-18s to film the specially trained pilots. Fans can catch “Top Gun: Maverick” in theaters starting May 27th.