Top Gun Thrills Fans at the USS Midway

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“Any of you boys seen an aircraft carrier around here?”

A sold out crowd had the rare opportunity to view the cult classic, Top Gun, aboard the historic USS Midway in what is becoming an annual smash hit event last weekend. The movie screening drew in a fervor of interest, which caused the museum’s site to completely crash when ticket sales went live.

Crowds prepare for the big event.
Crowds prepare for the big event.

In response to the overwhelming demand, the Midway team announced a second screening the following evening. Both nights drew large crowds, all eager to fully experience the film and the Midway Museum.

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The USS Midway's epic sights on full display.
The USS Midway’s epic sights on full display.

The event hosted two screens on both sides of the carrier. For those who wanted to bring in their own party supplies, the Midway allowed snacks, blankets, and chairs. For big events, like the movie screening, early arrivals were rewarded with front row seats and plenty of space.

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Along for the ride were meet and greets with the Midway’s own “Maverick” as well as a chance to chat with the real “Viper”, Pete Pettigrew. The museum also hosted a social media contest, dance party, and catering by local eatery, Kansas City BBQ. Featured in the film in the famous piano scene, the local bar and restaurant is an important San Diego staple.

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As you can see from the photos, this was an exciting event and one that is most definitely becoming a San Diego tradition. For those interested, the USS Midway operates daily with special tours, exhibits, and other special activities for the whole family. Coming up, the carrier’s museum will be hosting a “Trick or Treat Family Overnight Adventure” for Halloween on October 27th, which can be learned about on their website:


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