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Top Gun 2 plane driven through Coronado streets

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 21:26:49-04

CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) - Coronado residents who felt the need for speed found themselves stuck in traffic Monday as a prop fighter jet from the Top Gun sequel was moved on city streets.

The F-14 fighter was hauled through traffic to the Coronado Bridge on its way to East San Diego County about 9 p.m. A witness stuck in the backup told 10News it was a tight squeeze on the small streets.

“They had to do a little backing up, and back and forth for a few minutes,” Emily Foster said. “It finally pulled through and missed a parked car by inches.”

The jet, which belongs to the San Diego Air and Space Museum Gillespie Field Annex, was used for the filming of Top Gun 2 at Naval Air Station North Island over the winter. During filming, the F-14 never took flight.

“You’ll see it move in the movie, but that’s movie stuff,” said Annex manager Jeff Eads.

Crews disassembled the jet for its trip from Coronado to East County.

“Take wings off of it, the elevators, the horizontal stabilizers,” said Eads, who had the job of putting it back together.

Photos posted on the SDASM Annex Facebook page showed the fighter jet being returned to Gillespie Field with the unique Top Gun markings on its side.

Air and Space Museum officials were not able to disclose details about the terms of the plane's involvement in the movie.