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Reference photos of tomcats from topgun

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Squadron markings were fictional, or at least not F-14 squadrons. Maverick's squadron badge said VF-1 but was actually for VAW-110. Iceman's squadron markings read VFA-213 and were actually for VFA-25. Oddly enough, several real squadron birds from VF-1 and other PacFleet units can be seen in the background of tarmac shots.

Be wary that the badge on the right tail was sometimes reversed. IIRC, shipboard shots the diving red hawk faces the nose, but the jet used to film at Miramar had the hawk facing the tail. Modex for the land-based jet was slanted and I think grey where the shipboard jet's modex was black and not slanted. See the below Wikipedia image.


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