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The Story of the Original US Navy I-Bar Featured in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Behind-the-scenes image from 'Top Gun: Maverick'

The famous I-Bar, a favorite spot for US Navy aviators at Naval Air Station North Island, is making history, thanks to the release of Top…

Details About ‘Inglourious Basterds’ That Make It Worth a Rewatch

Brad Pitt as Aldo Raine in 'Inglourious Basterds'

2009’s Inglourious Basterds is a war movie, comedy and drama all at the same time. It’s an homage to World War II movies and Spaghetti…

These Are the Most Heartbreaking Deaths to Ever Occur in Military Movies

Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay as Lance Cpl. Thomas "Tom" Blake and Lance Cpl. William "Will" Schofield in '1917' + Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius in 'Gladiator' + Tom Hanks and Mykelti Williamson as Forrest Gump and Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue in 'Forrest Gump'

Military and war films have long been some of the most popular forms of cinema. Unfortunately, war is hell, and that means there are often…

Bob Roop was a Special Forces Medic Prior to Becoming a World-Famous Wrestler

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Jim Barnett standing with Bob Roop

Professional wrestlers come from all kinds of backgrounds. Few, however, have the backstory of Bob Roop. The Michigan native wrestled in high school, but went…

Most Countries Fail to Spend the Necessary Amount on Defense and Other Facts About NATO

Military personnel standing beneath the flags at the front of NATO's headquarters

If a NATO country is attacked, all others within the organization respond, and it’s for this reason that nations wish to join. Dating back to…

Small Details in Military Films That Make Them More Accurate

R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in 'Full Metal Jacket' + Still from 'Saving Private Ryan'

When filmmakers make movies about the military, the majority try to be as accurate as possible in their depiction of combat and those who participate.…

Russia’s War on Ukraine is Emphasizing the Need for Military Powers to Adapt to the Changing Face of Conflict

Damaged city buildings and buses + Ukrainian soldiers riding in a tank

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has surpassed the 100-day mark and has seen much of the invaded country left in rubble. Many cities were razed…

Checkout This Interview Footage of the ‘Top Gun’ Cast Onboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

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Cast of 'Top Gun' sitting together

In 1986, moviegoers went bananas over the release of Top Gun. The film, which offered the general public a look into what the US Navy‘s…

Six Famous Comedians Who Served in the US Military

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Bob Newhart + George Carlin

The very best stand-up comedians connect with the audience by talking about their experiences and finding humor in both the mundane and dangerous. As such,…

The Real-Life Inspiration for Top Gun’s ‘Viper’ Made a Cameo in the Movie

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Tom Skerritt as Mike "Viper" Metcalf in 'Top Gun'

Top Gun debuted in theaters in May 1986, and moviegoers had never seen anything like it. The film was sleek and cool, and portrayed the…

The History of Chechnya’s Fierce Fighting Force

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Chechen fighters walking together

In February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent the country’s Army to invade Ukraine. He believed he could make quick work of the invasion, but…

China Once Tried to Pass Off a ‘Top Gun’ Scene As Footage of Its Own Air Force

Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in 'Top Gun' + Chinese flag

The majority of military and war movie fans will likely agree that 1986’s Top Gun has some of the best aerial combat scenes ever captured…