China red-faced after footage of new fighter ‘was from Top Gun’
Perhaps it was “a need, a need for speed”, as Maverick and Goose once put it, but China’s military have been embarrassed by accusations that instead of filming genuine footage of their latest fighter plane, they used a scene from the film Top Gun.
The footage showcasing the J-10 fighter, which showed an air-to-air missile destroying another jet, was aired last week during the main evening broadcast of the state-sponsored channel China Central Television.
Bloggers on internet message boards quickly picked up the similarities and the footage was removed from the CCTV website but not before the clip had been copied.
The Wall Street Journal then published a video which compared the two film sequences, with uncanny similarities.