Height of parody: SA toppies winging it in ‘Top Gun’ remake [watch]

Height of parody: SA toppies winging it in ‘Top Gun’ remake [watch]

The Top Gun sequel, starring veteran Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, is set for release on the big screen on 24 May — 36 years after the first film’s runaway success. Fans across the globe are dusting off their aviator sunglasses in anticipation of Top Gun: Maverick and the team from South African aircraft manufacturer Sling Airfcraft dished up an hilarious parody

Sling Aircraft founder Mike Blyth and chairman James Pitman created a YouTube channel called Wild Landings where they document all their extraordinary travels.

One of their most popular videos, titled Around the World in 40 Days, sees the airplane enthusiasts travelling the world in a light aircraft designed by themselves.

In 2009, the original yellow Sling 2 (known as ZU-TAF) flew Mike and James around the world on a 40-day, 45 000km journey.

From building the aircraft to jetting around the globe, this should be on a list of your must-see YouTube videos!

WATCH ‘AROUND THE WORLD IN 40 DAYS’ HERE

SLING AIRCRAFT’S ‘TOP GUN’ PARODY

Pitman and Blyth from Sling Aircraft decided to create their own two-minute Hollywood “blockbuster”, centered around the upcoming release of Top Gun: Maverick.

In their “high-action film”, titled Top Gun Slinger, Pitman and Blyth have some good clean fun in an hilarious parody of Tom Cruise’s Top Gun blockbuster — to the point of saddling up a bicycle instead of Cruise chasing down an aircraft on his motorcycle.

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‘TOP GUN: MAVERICK’

Top Gun: Maverick follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (played by Tom Cruise) who has served more than 30 years as one of the Navy’s top aviators.

“[He] is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him,” reads the synopsis on the movie’s website.

When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialised mission, the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller)…

The 59-year-old Hollywood star filmed the latest instalment of his Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible 8 in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Hoedspruit recently.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

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