Top Gun: Maverick starts in theatres. It was filmed on Czech L-39 Albatros aircraft!
Prague, May 25th, 2022: Top Gun: Maverick, a long-awaited movie from the aviation world, has a significant Czech footprint. Czech Aero L-39s [MM1] Albatros jet trainer aircraft, produced by AERO Vodochody, were involved in the filming and training of the actors.
As a multi-purpose aircraft designed for basic, advanced, and combat flight training, the L-39 [MM2] [MM3] [MM4] was used by the Top Gun: Maverick filmmakers to give the actors a taste of jet flying before getting into the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet fighter. Most [MM5] of the breathtaking flight footage was shot in Cinejet's specially modified L-39 aircraft. The nose of this aircraft is fitted with a gyrostabilized SHOTOVER F1 RUSH camera system designed for filming aircraft at high speeds of up to 650 km/h and forces of up to 3G. It is the first aircraft of its kind in the world.
"I hope you enjoy the movie and when you watch the closing credits, remember us and look for the name of our owner Randy Howell and our No. 5 pilot Scott Kartvedt in the credits, said Ginette "Ginger" Huot of Patriotjetteam.com. "And check out what we can do at: https://youtu.be/DLvQGjlZngs "added Ginette "Ginger" Huot.
No Czech pilot was involved in the filming of Top Gun: Maverick. It was a different case during [MM6] the filming of another blockbuster, the "Bond" film Tomorrow Never Dies, in 1997. At that time, the filmmakers approached the largest Czech aircraft manufacturer with a request to provide an L-39 aircraft with a pilot to double for James Bond's Pierce Brosnan. Ladislav Šnýdr, the Aero test pilot at the time, flew to the Pyrenees, where the peak part of the film was shot for three weeks.
The successor to the legendary L-39 Albatros is the completely redesigned L-39NG, which is a modern and efficient light jet aircraft capable of performing the role of a light fighter and [MM7] complex aircraft for full training of pilots of modern air forces.
Matěj Oliva, Director Marketing & PR
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AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design, manufacture, maintenance, overhaul and upgrade of military and civil aircraft. It is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and with history dating back to 1919, Aero is one of the oldest aerospace companies in the world. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world's air forces and continues to maintain a strong position on the market of military training and light combat aircraft.
With a track record of 11,000 aircraft produced over the last 100 years, a broad coverage of dozens of military operators and demo teams, a significant existing fleet of L-39 Albatrosses and with a brand new aircraft, the L-39NG, Aero is maintaining its positioning as a leader in the jet training market. In the field of civil aviation, Aero collaborates with many of the world's largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects.