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Did Chinese TV pass off Top Gun footage as a military drill?

As part of its ongoing expansion, has the People's Liberation Army signed up Goose and Maverick? Chinese bloggers are accusing state broadcaster CCTV of using repurposed footage from the 1986 film Top Gun for a story on a recent air force drill. "Ministry of Tofu" explains

In the newscast, the way a target was hit by the air-to-air missile fired by a J-10 fighter aircraft and exploded looks almost identical to a cinema scene from the Hollywood film Top Gun.

A net user who went by the name “??” (Liu Yi) pointed out that the jet that the J-10 “hit” is an F-5, a US fighter jet. In Top Gun, what the leading actor Tom Cruise pilots an F-14 to bring down is exactly an F-5. Looking at the screenshots juxtaposition, one cannot fail to find that even flame, smoke and the way the splinters fly look the same.

Assuming the above screen shots are genuine, the rip-off seems pretty clear. In related news, CCTV recently aired footage of the Chinese Olympic volleyball team at their secret training facility.  

(Via Josh Kucera and Josh Chin on Twitter)

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Live now: State of the Union roundtable with Denis McDonough

Tune in at 1:00 p.m. today here for a live roundtable on the president's State of the Union address with Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough.

McDonough will be answering questions submitted by you, the readers, and asked by ForeignPolicy.com, Economist.com, and Military.com. Participating in the roundtable will be none other than your humble Cable guy.

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