The Mystery Plane from “Top Gun: Maverick”Darkstar” is Real or Fiction

The Mystery Plane from “Top Gun: Maverick”Darkstar” is Real or Fiction

The Mystery Plane from "Top Gun: Maverick"Darkstar" is Real or Fiction
The Mystery Plane from “Top Gun: Maverick”Darkstar” is Real or Fiction

Tom Cruise’s Capt. Pete Mitchell pilots an experimental hypersonic jet nicknamed “The Darkstar” on an illegal test fly in the first minutes of Top Gun: Maverick. A low-flying triangular aircraft blowing by a lonely guard station on the desert floor will be remembered by anyone who has seen the trailer — or the movie at this point. The flyover virtually knocks the roof off the cottage in half a second.

The aviation blogosphere was aflutter after seeing a clip of the action in an early behind-the-scenes film – and not only because of the mind-blowing image. The aircraft’s distinctive design drew a lot of attention. Some speculated that it may be the SR-71 Blackbird, named “the fastest plane ever” by some. With a top speed of Mach 3, the high-altitude reconnaissance jet could practically escape Russian MiG missiles.

In 2013, Lockheed Martin made an unusual announcement about the plane. Until Lockheed verified engine testing in 2017, not much more was known about the so-called “Son of Blackbird.” The SR-72 might be “rolled out for maiden flight tests by no later than 2023,” according to some publications. The game-changer might be operational by 2030, according to Lockheed’s original release. Oh, and the development cost was estimated to be $1 billion.

The SR-72 has never been publicly revealed. The plane’s mystique has only grown as a result of this, as well as its game-changing speed.

Top Gun: Maverick”Darkstar”

The fact that Lockheed CEO James Taiclet posted publicly on LinkedIn this month that the company’s ultra-secret Skunk Works, which works on many of the company’s most boundary-pushing projects like the SR-72, “partnered with Top Gun’s producers to bring cutting-edge, future-forward technology to the big screen,” including tech around “hypersonic flight,” was odd. He also uploaded a snapshot from the premiere of the flick.

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