TOP GUN MAVERICK
Before going to see the movie, I had not heard any bad reviews, except one. Still, I kept my expectations low, especially after the huge disappointment of Dr. Strange & the Multiverse.
Fortunately, I was not disappointed at all. In fact, I think Top Gun Maverick is even better than the original. BUT, you definitely need to watch the first to understand the second. I highly recommend watching Top Gun again before going to see Top Gun Maverick. It really helps to have the specifics of the original on your mind as you watch.
Without giving away too much, I'll say that I thought they did a really good job of maintaining Maverick's... well, maverick personality while also making him more mature. Suffice to say, he didn't come off like an arrogant middle-aged man trying to hold on to his youth. Overall, the nostalgia was heart-warming, the storyline was interesting, and the action was intense. There was also more humor throughout the picture with the entire audience laughing out loud numerous times.
I don't know what others are saying about Top Gun Maverick, but I loved it. I want to see it again in the theater and I will own it when it's released for purchase.
FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT
The following information is from the National Naval Aviation Museum's Instagram account @navalaviationmuseum:
For one day only the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) will open to the public to present the Festival of Flight, honoring the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., June 4.
The day-long family festival at NNAM will include performances by the Blue Anchor Belles, kid crafts, story time, scavenger hunts, Battle of Midway flight stations, $5 movies, a “Flight Adventure Deck” experience, food truck vendors, National Flight Academy tours, prize drawings, gift shop giveaways and more.
PLEASE NOTE: Public access to NAS Pensacola on June 4 will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., only, through the West Gate at 1878 South Blue Angel Parkway. All guests 18 and older must have a valid picture ID such as a driver's license or passport.
While on base, the public will be able to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum and Pensacola Lighthouse, only. Temporary traffic control points will be located on base to prevent public access to other areas of the installation. Access onto the base will be dependent on available parking at the museum and lighthouse. Once parking is full, public access will be halted until more parking becomes available.
If you've never been to the museum, it is an amazing experience. They have a video on their Instagram account of the F-14 jet from Top Gun - WATCH HERE.
On June 4, 2022, you can see the Top Gun jet and more up close and in person!