Tom Cruise calls Top Gun sequel ‘love letter to aviation’ at Comic-Con

Tom Cruise made a maverick appearance at Comic-Con where he unveiled a trailer for the sequel to his movie Top Gun.

Hardly looking a day older from when he first took the controls F-14A Tomcat in 1986, the actor has reprised his role as Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell for the new film due out next year.

Top Gun: Maverick sees Cruise, 57, revisit the brilliant but reckless pilot who is still flying but unable to let go of his past.

The movie is centred upon Cruise’s character mentoring a new generation of US Navy fighters including the son of his former wingman Nick "Goose" Bradshaw.

The trailer shows Mitchell pulling off some incredible aerial moves onboard a US Navy jet fighter.

"Everything you see in this film is for real," Cruise told the San Diego audience on Thursday.

"We're working with the Navy, all of the flying you see in this picture is real, I really wanted to give you all an experience of what it is to be inside that aircraft.

"To me, Top Gun is about competition, it's about family, it's about sacrifice, it's about heroism, it's about aviation.

"It's a love letter to aviation.”

Fans of the film, which cemented Cruise’s Hollywood heartthrob status, won’t be disappointed as the new movie embraces the original's fondness for shirtless beach outings, singing and motorcycle rides while donning a bomber jacket and aviator glasses.

The 33 years since he first took the skies, has failed to quell Maverick’s cocky attitude.

In the trailer, a commanding officer played by Ed Harris is seen growling at the pilot: “Thirty plus years of service.

“Combat medals. Citations.

“The only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last 40 years.

“Yet you can’t get a promotion, you won’t retire, and despite your best efforts, you refuse to die.

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