Real-life Top Guns blast sequel to iconic movie after Tom Cruise shares snap ...

When Tom Cruise shared the first picture from the upcoming Top Gun sequel, not everyone was thrilled about Maverick's return to the skies.

The 55-year-old confirmed with an Instagram post that production on the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the 80s fighter pilot classic was underway.

But real-life Mavericks were disappointed to see that the US Navy's new carrier - the F-35C - had been snubbed in favour of the F-18 Super Hornet, which first flew in 1995.

Feel the need: Tom Cruise has shared the first picture from the upcoming Top Gun sequel

Feel the need: Tom Cruise has shared the first picture from the upcoming Top Gun sequel

The supersonic lightning stealth fighter jets - bought by the UK for £100m - will not appear in the sequel

The supersonic lightning stealth fighter jets - bought by the UK for £100m - will not appear in the sequel

Retired US Marine Corps Lt Col David Berke told Business Insider that he was less than impressed after the £100million aircraft was not chosen despite being hailed as a 'game-changer' this week.

Responding to the choice, he quipped: 'Damn shame. I guess it will be a movie about the past!' 

Retired Lt Gen David Deptula branded the film's choice of 'last century's design' a 'missed opportunity'.

Maverick is set to take flight once again - but some aren't happy with his choice of jet this time around  

Maverick is set to take flight once again - but some aren't happy with his choice of jet this time around  

Missed opportunity: The jets hailed as a 'gamechanger' have been snubbed in favour of the 1995 model 

Missed opportunity: The jets hailed as a 'gamechanger' have been snubbed in favour of the 1995 model 

Living in the past? The F-18 Super Hornet first flew just nine years after the original Top Gun wowed Hollywood 

Living in the past? The F-18 Super Hornet first flew just nine years after the original Top Gun wowed  

And it wasn't just the choice of jet critics seized upon. Cruise's post shows him donning a flightsuit and carrying the exact same helmet he wore in the 1986 original along with his iconic aviators.

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