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    While Cruise did fly in the back seat, most of it is CGI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_M View Post
    While Cruise did fly in the back seat, most of it is CGI.

    REO sits in the back seat. Not the pilot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linung View Post
    REO sits in the back seat. Not the pilot.
    Only trainer F-18s have a back seat. As Cruise obviously cannot fly a real F-18 he sat in the back seat of a trainer for some of the sequences.
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    I'm surprised he didn't learn to fly one.

    Short people are supposed to better suited body wise for more G force ain't they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lone-wolf View Post
    I'm surprised he didn't learn to fly one.

    Short people are supposed to better suited body wise for more G force ain't they?
    Tom Cruise is rated as a Commercial Pilot in real life and does fly some of the aircraft himself in the movie but the F-18 Super Hornets are all flown by some of the pilots from the Blue Angels. If it shows him or the crew in the cockpit in the movie, it is really them in the back seat of an F-18 pulling all the maneuvers.

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    As stated above,

    Short on plot, but wicked action with fighter planes is a must see. I haven't set foot in a theater in about 5 years, but I have have to change that.

    1) ^^^ this on a big screen, and
    2) I'll also have to take my little ones to Frozen 2, and I'm not seeing a way out of that right now either.




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    Quote Originally Posted by lone-wolf View Post
    I'm surprised he didn't learn to fly one.

    Short people are supposed to better suited body wise for more G force ain't they?
    it's easier to stuff a short person into a small cockpit. short people also weight less, so lighter payload so that the plane can stay up longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linung View Post
    it's easier to stuff a short person into a small cockpit. short people also weight less, so lighter payload so that the plane can stay up longer.
    Shorter legs, less blood can rush into them, potentially less chance of black out under heavy G force. In theory anyway...
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    i remember hearing that they wear tights to squeeze the blood back up to the brains so they don't black out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_M View Post
    Only trainer F-18s have a back seat.

    Wrong. The F/A-18D is used by the USMC with the back-seater as a WSO/FAC(A). The F/A-18F used by the USN has the WSO setup as well. Sure, they're also available as trainers, but the front line D and F models have Wizzos, and are primarily used as night-time strike aircraft, since they still feel that two sets of eyeballs in the dark are better than one. And then of course, there's the venerable E/A-18G Growler, whose back-seater is an EWO.

    Of note, the USN retired the last of the C/D Hornets a couple of months ago, with only a few operated as aggressors by USNR pilots. The Blue Angels are going to Rhinos in early 2021, and the Marines will fly their C/D Hornets until the 2030s.
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