It was the must-see American film of 1986 – Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise as Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, engaging in aerial combat with Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) in some of the most thrilling aviation scenes ever shot. It's possible to experience the adrenaline rush for real, looping over the mountains and deserts of Nevada or California in the US at the controls of an L-39 combat jet and picking their own dogfight with a friend (here turned enemy).
Combatants make sorties in separate jets, flying in formation and learning manoeuvres before going full throttle into battle, pitching, climbing steeply and pulling up to 5G. Throughout, moves are recorded on camera by a film production crew of six.
It’s not for the faint-hearted, yet no previous jet-flying experience is required. While rookies do get to work out combat tactics and manoeuvre the aircraft, they are accompanied by a qualified L-39 pilot who also has hands on the controls.
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Experience vertical snaps, hammerheads and inverted flight aboard a two-seat, state-of-the-art Extra 300L aircraft, with a pilot talking about the moves and letting you try the controls. Millionaire's Concierge offers 45-minute flights from Miami.
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