DarkStar Aircraft In The Film 'Top Gun: Maverick' Considered The Forerunner of The US SR-72 Blackbird

DarkStar Aircraft In The Film 'Top Gun: Maverick' Considered The Forerunner of The US SR-72 Blackbird
DarkStar aircraft in the film 'Top Gun: Maverick' 

International Military - If you are interested in the world of defense equipment, or maybe you are a fan of the famous Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, this article is for you. Starred in 1986's Top Gun, and its sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, which was released last May in Indonesian cinemas.

Top Gun: Maverick is the highest-grossing film from Tom Cruise which managed to make a profit of up to Rp. 280.6 billion, quoting the ANTARA news agency. In addition to Tom Cruise as a star here, Top Gun is famous for its incredible scenes from fighter planes. Tom Cruise, who plays the character of Maverick, is an elite in the US Navy who flies the F-18 Super Hornet.

In addition to the Super Hornet, during the Top Gun: Maverick plot, it only spawns the F-14 Tomcat, S-35C and Su-57 Felon. But the most interesting is the scene where Maverick flies a secret US Navy fighter called DarkStar.

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Quoted from Military Watch Magazine which says that this DarkStar has a speed of up to mach 10, even in the real world the fastest fighter aircraft is only at mach 3.2.

DarkStar Aircraft in Top Gun: Maverick

In this film Top Gun: Maverick, the F-18 Super Hornet is the main star (besides Tom Cruise). It is known that the manufacturer Lockheed Martin played a role in the creation of DarkStar. Lockheed Martin has a special division called Skunk Works that usually accepts the challenge of creating near-impossible fighter concepts.

As Lockheed Martin claims in Interesting Engineering, the Top Gun: Maverick team contacted the weapons company to build a fighter. And in the end, Skunk Works managed to "turn on" DarkStar.

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And they're serious about it, Skunk Works made a real model with a cockpit, to keep it looking authentic during filming. The Skunk Works creation and film production, which millions of viewers worldwide see in Top Gun: Maverick is a hypersonic DarkStar plane that looks like it exists in the real world.

Although we now know that the DarkStar is just a fictional plane in the movies, hypersonic capabilities are not something that is out of the ordinary in the defense industry. Both the US, Lockheed Martin and defense forces around the world yearn for a fighter that can fly as fast as possible.

For now, the title of the fastest aircraft is held by the SR-71 Blackbird, made by Lockheed Martin which has a speed of Mach 3.2, quoted from Defense Security Asia. The SR-71 Blackbird entered service in 1966, and Lockheed Martin has built 32 of these aircraft for the US Air Force and NASA.

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But unfortunately the SR-71 Blackbird has been retired, the US stopped this spy plane service in 1998. If only in the 1960s there were already parties capable of building aircraft with speeds of more than mach 3. Imagine the speed that can be achieved by an aircraft in future with more modern technology and machines.

SR-72 Has a Speed ​​of Mach 6

The US SR-72 Blackbird

Maybe the SR-72 or known as the Son of Blackbird is the forerunner of hypersonic aircraft like DarkStar in Top Gun: Maverick. “Lockheed Martin is developing a replacement for the Blackbird called the SR-72 or Son of Blackbird,” Defense Security Asia quoted. It is said that the Son of Blackbird is capable of cruising at mach 6, capable of overflight, which will make its maiden flight in 2025. Like the DarkStar, the SR-72 Son of Blackbird carries out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, but will also have attack ability. The only difference he has with DarkStar is that the SR-72 will be completely autonomous, or unmanned.

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