Navy Pilot Rates Fighter-Pilot Movie Scenes To See If They Measure Up!


Vincent Aiello spent nearly 25 years in the US Navy as a fighter pilot. He rates the realism of fighter-pilot scenes in popular movies. Vincent flew the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He has completed over 3,800 flight hours and 705 carrier landings, and served as a TOPGUN instructor and air wing operations officer. He left the Navy in 2017 to become a commercial airline pilot. He also hosts the popular podcast “The Fighter Pilot Podcast.”

Vincent analyzes the realism of dog-fight scenes in “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997), “Iron Eagle” (1986), and “The Final Countdown” (1980). He also rates scenes with fighter pilots attacking other craft, such as “Air Force One” (1997) and “Independence Day” (1996). He looks at stunts featuring US aircraft such as “True Lies” (1994), “We Were Soldiers” (2002), and “Live Free or Die Hard” (2007). He breaks down the skills of Tom Cruise in “Top Gun” (1986) and addresses why fighter pilots have nicknames such as “Maverick.”

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