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HE used to think Top Gun was a great movie. But Greg Quail says he found out, while filming Australia's fighter pilots, that the blockbuster on students of an elite US flying school "bears no resemblance to reality".
"It's one of the seminal movies," he says of the 1986 feature starring Tom Cruise. "Most people of my generation, who were kids when it came out, could recite a few lines from the film."
The former TV news and current affairs reporter, who just over a decade ago became a freelance documentary filmmaker, has called his six-part series Real Top Guns.
He cites several misrepresentations in the hit movie.
"When it comes to dogfighting, for example, planes don't fly one behind the other stacked up through canyons," he says. "Dogfights actually happen at some distance. There are missiles involved and of course they have ranges. And when it comes to using the onboard machine-gun, it's nothing like the movie.
"It's a circular confrontation where you start high and go low. We go into the tactics of dogfights in some depth in episode five."
Quail and his team spent six months last year filming at bases including Williamtown, NSW; East Sale, Victoria; Amberley, in Queensland; Tindal in the Northern Territory; and went on deployment to the RAAF base at Butterworth on Malaysia's north-west coast. Though the training is intense, he found the men (and one woman) self-assured and that there was a strong sense of camaraderie.
Yep, and you have NO idea how much of a hard time Im gonna cop at work and from friends for it (the doco is being made coincidentally by a good friend of mine, not planned just worked out that way). Autographs, should you require it will be A$50 for overseas requests, or a slab of Crownies if your a local.
Originally posted by Willard856
Wow Lee, a regular hollywood star in our midst! I look forward to seeing the doco,
Yes a typical response from the guys who sit at the pointy end on fat wallets, and usually the excuse given when they break, touch or fiddle with something that they have been told repeatedly by us blackhanders, "Do you think you can refrain from F#$%*!G with it this time?" .
though when it comes to engineering, my eyes usually glaze over....
Yeah I was pleasantly surprised. The only "afterburners" moment was the graphics and the voice over proclaiming the "Hornet is capable of flying over 5000km without refueling" etc. I know they need to sex it up a little but somehow I dont see a Hornet with a full loadout making it quite that far .
So, I thought the first episode was pretty good... Nothing spectacular, but a good introduction to the series. My biggest concern was that the series would be all afterburners and in cockpit vision. While that is probably the stuff most people are interested in, there is a bigger story to tell.