Throwback: Jester & Viper
Jester: “That was some of the best flying I’ve seen to date – right up to the part where you got killed.”
With the latest Top Gun sequel, I felt these striking images would be well-timed.
Official caption: “Showing off their camouflage versatility, a flight of TA-4J Skyhawks from the ‘Cylons’ of Attack Squadron One Twenty-Seven (VA 127) fly in formation with a Squadron A-4F Skyhawk. VA-127 has the mission of training aircrews in a realistic air combat maneuvering (ACM) adversary training environment.”
Although undated, they are from the early 1980s, before the unit was rebooted as VFA-127 flying F-5s and T-38s, and was a regular at NAS Miramar (“Fightertown USA”), about the time the original Top Gun was filmed.
You just have to love Heinemann’s Hot-Rod…