“Breaking down the aerodynamics of Topgun inverted flight scene!!”

“Topgun” still remains as the most iconic military aviation movie. The cinematography of the scene in which Maverick carries out inverted flight on his F-14 Tomcat over the Russian Mig to “flip the bird” was much ahead of its time considering CGI and Camera limitations of that time. The “Virtual Flight Test Centre” has attempted to break down the aerodynamics of inverted flight scene. A test flight on Su – 25 Frog Foot has been undertaken on the Digital Combat Simulator to explain the basic theory behind inverted flight. This video is a subtle attempt by the Virtual Flight Test Centre to introduce basics of aerodynamics through movie scenes. The video also suggests what the Russian ‘Bogie’ could have done on his MiG to avoid the embarrassment.

Demonstration Flight

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