Culture, particularly through movies and television, could be considered the United States’ most influential export. Our movies and shows find their way into just about every market, and shape the perceptions the world has of our nation, and of themselves. It would seem that, at least in the case of one Chinese fighter pilot, “Top Gun” was among his films of choice.
Two Chinese Su-30 fighters intercepted a radiation detection plane employed by the U.S. Air Force over the East China Sea on Wednesday, before one of them executing a maneuver made famous by Maverick in the 1986 film, “Top Gun.” As the two fighters intercepted the unarmed aircraft, one of them went inverted, flying above the U.S. plane upside down, in a move the U.S. crew referred to as “unprofessional.”
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