In the 2nd trailer of Top Gun 2, a plethora of swift airplane maneuvers and at least one dogfight take place. Are those scenes real, captured by a chase airplane?

Or they're just simulation (Computer Animation)?

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    Definitely not.
    – Rahul
    Dec 18, 2019 at 17:44
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    A colleague told me that Top Gun's scenes were real, and also fatal for a chase plane pilot. That's why I am asking @Rahul...
    – gsamaras
    Dec 18, 2019 at 18:09
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    While they did shot few scenes with chase planes and some maneuvers are real. But finally it all comes down to CGI and VFX.
    – Rahul
    Dec 18, 2019 at 18:58
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    @Rahul you know this and have references to back you up? Or is this just supposition on your part?
    – HorusKol
    Dec 20, 2019 at 3:37
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    i believe the maneuvers were real for the most part of it while the dogfights were certainly cg trickery
    – shanu
    Jun 28, 2022 at 12:16

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According to John Hamm...

“We’re shooting the movie in, I think, 6K,” Hamm explained (via JoBlo) at the premiere of Amazon’s Good Omens. “So it’s incredibly hi-def. The aerial footage is mind-blowing. And it’s mostly practical. There’s not a lot of CG. Those guys are really up in planes and getting thrown around in multiple Gs.


  • What does "Gs" mean?
    – gsamaras
    Dec 19, 2019 at 11:00
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    G is the expression mean force of Gravity. Standing on the ground we are at 1G, pilots like this can experience 8-9G during dogfighting.
    – Paulie_D
    Dec 19, 2019 at 11:13
  • Oh, it's just the plural of G force, I see. Moreover this youtube.com/watch?v=bHt1IbuYgJo backs up your answer.
    – gsamaras
    Dec 19, 2019 at 13:32

Looks like real airplanes doing real maneuvers, but it looks like there is some camera trickery, editing, and/or post-production effects to amp it up a bit. Camera work can make two planes appear to be closer than they really were; post-production compositing could also make two or more planes appear to come in very close when they were never actually close at all, same for "narrow-miss" explosions.

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