Top Gun: Maverick’ studio paid U.S. Navy more than $11,000 an hour for fighter jet rides

But Tom Cruise wasn’t allowed to touch the controls

The U.S. Navy lent Tom Cruise F/A-18 Super Hornets for the new “Top Gun” movie

Cruise ended up flying more than a dozen sorties for the new movie

Navy allowed the production to use planes, aircraft carriers and military bases even though.

Top Gun pilots aren’t the cocky rule-benders portrayed in the film people who “would never exist in naval aviation

They’re studious air nerds who toil away for hours in the classroom and participate in intense training flights at Naval Air Station

A movie “does not have to be a love letter to the military” to win Pentagon cooperation, Roberts said