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Scheduled three years late, the next Top Gun airs May 27 in the United States. In this sequel to the 1986 opus, Tom Cruise, a.k.a Maverick, instructs the best Top Gun pilots for a special mission. In addition to the P-51 Mustang, the F/A-18 Hornet, the F-35C or even a stealth Russian Su-57, one of the stars will be the Darkstar. A hypersonic aircraft fictitious top secret whose model would have worried the Chinese according to the admission even of the director Jerry Bruckheimer. He claimed that the Navy would have explained to him that a chinese satellite was reoriented to take snapshots of the device. Information that seems fanciful, since it seems unlikely that the American army could know the intentions of the Chinese and even less that it informed the director. That said, the detection of the redirection of a satellite towards the filming area may have taken place, but it is difficult to know if it is not a bluff to create a little more buzz.

In the clip hold my hand sung by Lady Gaga we can see stealthily the Darkstar which would have attracted the attention of China to the point of redirecting its satellites. © Lady Gaga YouTube

Lockheed Martin’s realistic boost

On the other hand, the famous Darkstar is sufficiently realistic so that it can effectively fool a foreign intelligence service. It must be said that the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin and more precisely Skunk Works, its advanced projects division, was involved in the design of this fictitious model. It would have been built on a large scale in collaboration with the film crew. Skunk Works is the office working on the concept of SR-72 hypersonic drone that Futura has already mentioned. This drone is intended to be the replacement for SR-71 Blackbird designed in the 1960s. It seems that in Top Gun: Maverickthe Darkstar is nothing like drone and that its pilot is obviously Maverick, the crème de la crème of 1980s US Navy pilots with a few more wrinkles.

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