U.S. Navy wiped camera footage at China Lake

contributed by Ty (dreamlandresort) and Eammon Jacobs, INSIDER:


Top Gun:  Maverick” director, Joseph Kosinski, says the Navy wiped one of his cameras because he might have filmed something he wasn’t supposed to see at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California.   

(China Lake is the nation’s leading edge Naval weapons testing center, and is located right next to Ridgecrest, California)

This seems to be in line with a previous interview in which he claims they had to relocate a secret test article to allow them to use the hangar for the opening “Darkstar” rollout scene.

The 2022 movie “Top Gun:  Maverick” has been hugely successful, raking in $1.48 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, thanks to its emotional story and gripping aerial action sequences.

Part of the success is attributable to Kosinski putting the audience in the jets with the pilots, and he recently told DEADLINE that he worked closely with the U.S. Navy to make sure it was an authentic representation of the military.

The director also said that after one of his visits to the base, the US Navy confiscated his camera.

Kosinski said: “So, I got to live that dream of being in the Navy for a couple years.  I got to go to places that civilians don’t get to go to.  I got to see things that no civilian would get to see.  I had my camera confiscated at one point.  Wiped clean.”

The “Tron: Legacy” and “Oblivion” director added that in his “quest for authenticity”,  he thought he took a photograph of something he wasn’t supposed to see.

Kosinski added: “I took some pictures and maybe captured something I wasn’t supposed to capture, and my camera was quickly returned to me without any photos on it.”

The director went on to say that it was a “dream” to collaborate with the US Navy on “Top Gun”.



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One thought on “U.S. Navy wiped camera footage at China Lake

  1. Most likely some kind of joke played on him. “This movie director with cameras is coming by here, let’s put this ‘thing’ here so he takes a picture of it then let’s confiscate the film so he thinks it was real”. With my sense of humor, I would totally do that.

    I get that people get lazy, sometimes things aren’t cleaned up or whatever, but there is zero chance they would invite a hollywood director into a facility that actually has sensitive technology out in the open to see.


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