Today is the day to commemorate the Independence Day of the United States. And 14 years ago, the same day was when aliens attacked in 20th Century Fox and Centropolis Entertainment’s movie Independence Day starring Will Smith, Randy Quaid, Vivica A. Fox, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, and Margaret Colin.
The story is about a massive alien mothership arriving and attacking several major cities around the world like Washington and Los Angeles on July 2, and a counterattack was conducted by the US on July 3. But the aliens had the upper hand with their spacecrafts equipped with force fields so on July 4, a satellite technician (Jeff Goldblum) along with a US Marine Corps pilot (Will Smith) infiltrates the mothership and plants a computer virus to disrupt the force fields. A nuclear bomb was also planted; thus, destroying the alien mothership.
With this kind of plot, the 1996 film starred a lot of fighter aircraft like the F/A-18 Hornet, T-38 Talon jet fighter, and F-16 Fighting Falcon. Will Smith performed as Capt. Steven Hiller, a US Marine Corps F/A-18 pilot. However, not authentic Hornets and other aircraft were used for the film. Model planes, special effects and such were used instead because originally, the aircraft, costumes, and personnel were supposed to be provided by the US military. But they backed out when producers refused to remove the Area 51 references from the script, so a lot of special effects were used for the movie instead.
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet was introduced in January 1983 and made its first flight in November 1978. It is a multirole fighter with a height of 15 ft 4 in, length of 56 ft and wingspan of 40 ft. Powered by 2 General Electric F404-GE-402 turbofans, it can reach a maximum speed of 1190 mph.
The T-38 Talon is an advanced trainer introduced in March 1961 and made its first flight in March 1959. This aircraft has a height of 12 ft 10.5 in, length of 46 ft 4.5 in and wingspan of 25 ft 3 in. Powered by 2 General Electric J85-5A engines, it can reach a maximum speed of 858 mph.
Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the F-16 Fighting Falcon was introduced in August 1978 and made its first flight in February 1974. This multirole fighter has a height of 16 ft, length of 49 ft 5 in and wingspan of 32 ft 8 in. Powered by a F110-GE-100 turbofan, it can reach a maximum speed of 915 mph at sea level and 1500 mph at altitude.