Tom Cruise sparks 'Top Gun' feud between US Air Force, Navy

By Michael Klugey
Tom Cruise sparks 'Top Gun' feud between US Air Force, Navy
Tom Cruise sparks 'Top Gun' feud between US Air Force, Navy

Washington (CNN)Actor Tom Cruise prompted a good-natured Twitter spat between the US Air Force and Navy on Thursday after posting a photo celebrating the planned sequel to the iconic 1986 film 'Top Gun.'

The two military branches squared off over a picture that shows Cruise in character as Navy pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell looking at his aircraft -- which appears to be an F/A-18 Hornet -- with the words "Feel The Need" superimposed over the image.

The caption reads "#Day1."

In a clear dig aimed at its friendly rivals, the Air Force's official account posted Cruise's photo with a caption that mocks Maverick's Navy jet -- itself an upgrade over the F-14 Tomcat he pilots in the original film -- as inferior to its own F-15 Strike Eagle.

"If Maverick really had a need for speed, he could hop into one of our F-15E Strike Eagles! #DYK: They have a top speed of 1,875 miles per hour," it said, touting the Air Force's own 1980s-era jet that has long been hailed as the most successful dogfighting aircraft in US history -- tallying more than 100 aerial combat victories, according to Boeing, the plane's primary contractor and developer.