Last week China’s government TV network — the Central Television News — broadcast a news story featuring aerial training exercises performed by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force. The drill was said to show a Chinese J-10 firing on and destroying an enemy plane, complete with awesome explosion.
Just one tiny problem — the awesome footage was actually taken from the climatic final dogfight scenes of 1986’s blockbuster Tom Cruise movie Top Gun!! Yeah!!
This is especially fun because the Chinese government has been supposedly trying hard to weed out doctored news stories. Too bad this air force propaganda is coming directly from the official state news source! And we thought the good old USA had it’s own problems with MSNBC and FOX news?!? Anywho, The Wall Street journal has put out a video comparing the two:
It reminds me of the 80s when Reagan was proposing Star Wars and used footage of the Death Star blowing up the White House!
Or did I just see that in a movie?