Watch 'Top Gun' on an Actual Aircraft Carrier

Perhaps you feel a certain need. Perhaps that need is one for...speed.

If that's the case, you'll want to be at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum when they kick off their outdoor summer movie series on May 22nd. Now in it's seventh year, the summer movie series is a free, fun-for-the-whole-family activity, and this year they have a superb lineup of aerospace flicks, including one that begs the question:

How cool would it be to watch "Top Gun" on an actual U.S. Navy aircraft carrier?

You'll find out on May 22nd, when the 1986 film starring Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards turns the outdoor flight deck of the Intrepid into a metaphorical Danger Zone.

Doors open 7:30pm and the film will begin just after sunset. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and guest are allowed to bring food and beverages to enjoy (though they ask that you leave the alcohol at home).

And starting this year, each film will be introduced by a special guest. In this case, the former astronaut and Naval aviator who was Tom Cruise's flight double in the movie.

A complete list of films that will be shown this summer is below. Note that prior to the doors opening, guided tours of the submarine Growler will be available at 6:00pm and 6:15pm. Tours require a non-refundable ticket and take place rain or shine.

Get ready to have your breath taken away and find more information at


May 22: Top Gun: Introduced by Scott D. Altman, former NASA astronaut and Navy pilot, who served as the flight double for Tom Cruise in the film. 

July 9: October Sky: Introduced by Kayla Rajsky, member of the Cornell Rocketry Team.

July 16: Moon: Introduced by Dr. Charles Marmar, a leading expert on post-traumatic stress disorder.

July 23: Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Introduced by Dr. Steve B. Howell, a project scientist at NASA Ames Research Center.

July 30: Apollo 13: Introduced by Jeffrey Kluger, co-author of the book Apollo 13.

August 6: Wall-E: Introduced by a special guest TBA.


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