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Apr 29, 2016

America’s Top Guns In Flight

America’s Top Guns In Flight

The movie Top Gun appeared in cinemas around the world 30 years ago. Tom Cruise played a cooler than cool American fighter pilot and 30 years later a lot of us are still fascinated by the world of machs, fighter pilots and top guns.

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A 31st Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot receives a handshake from a member of his flight crew at Aviano Air Base in Italy /REUTERS

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A U.S. Navy F/A-18 launches from the USS Carl Vinson in this undated handout picture /REUTERS

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Wilson looks out from in front of his plane after making the first ever landing of the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter on an aircraft carrier using its tailhook system, off the coast of California /REUTERS

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Wilson smiles after making the first ever landing of the F-35C on an aircraft carrier using its tailhook system, while off the coast of California /REUTERS

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A Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35C Joint Strike Fighter is shown before landing on the deck of the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, while off the coast of California /REUTERS

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Member of the ground crew signals to the pilot of a U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter jet before take off at Bagram air base /REUTERS

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US Air Force handout photo of Lt. Col. Jeannie Leavitt piloting her F-15 fighter jet over the Grand Canyon /Reuters

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet and an F/A-18F Super Hornet prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), to conduct strike missions against ISIL targets, in the Gulf /REUTERS

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U.S. Air Force pilots with the Thunderbirds perform the calypso pass maneuver at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho /REUTERS

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A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq /REUTERS

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A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria /REUTERS

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U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornet jets leave to support military operations against ISIL after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq /REUTERS

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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet performs ahead of the International Air and Space Fair at Santiago /REUTERS

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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet pilot waves before taking off ahead of the International Air and Space Fair at Santiago international airport /REUTERS

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Lieutenant General Jon Davis watches an F-35B land aboard the USS Wasp during testing off the coast of North Carolina /REUTERS

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U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal crew members transport missiles on the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier in the Gulf /REUTERS

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A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter prepares for take off from the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier, during a joint naval drill between South Korea and the U.S., in the West Sea /REUTERS

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A U.S. Navy crew member wipes a window of a F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier, during a joint naval drill between South Korea and the U.S., in the West Sea /REUTERS

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U.S. F-22 Raptor fighters fly over European airspace /REUTERS

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A squadron badge is seen on the uniform of a U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter pilot at R.A.F. Mildenhall /REUTERS

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A pilot looks up from a U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter as it prepares to refuel in mid-air with a KC-135 refuelling plane over European airspace during a flight to Britain from Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania /REUTERS

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A pilot looks up from a U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter at a fuel boom as it prepares to refuel in mid-air with a KC-135 plane over European airspace /REUTERS

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U.S. pilots pose for a photograph in front of U.S. F-22 Raptor fighters parked on the runway at Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania /REUTERS

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U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets fly over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek /REUTERS

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