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Minnesota Navy League Council Celebrates 'Top Gun' Summer


Tim Hennagir

Cmrd. Tom Herrold with U.S. Navy's Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 "Vampires" explains the operational characteristics of the F/A-18 "Super Hornet" during the "Top Gun: Behind the Curtain" event.

The Minnesota Navy League Council acted early when filing a special flight plan to celebrate the long-awaited sequel to a military aviation cinematic classic.

"Top Gun: Behind the Curtain" landed Wednesday, June 1, at the U.S Air Force Joint Base Fort Snelling, 760 Military Highway, Minneapolis.

Veteran U.S. Navy pilots, active-duty Navy F/A-18 and F-35 fighter pilots, and Top Gun graduates shared stories prior to a close-up viewing showcasing both aircraft. The paid admission event also included an evening IMAX screening of "Top Gun: Maverick" at CMX Odyssey in Burnsville, which was fill...

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