LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — It seems CCTV (China Central Television) wanted some visuals for a report on the Chinese Air Force, so they used … images from Top Gun.

In a segment about the new J-10 fighter jet, CCTV news showed a plane being shot down, presumably by the J-10 pilot. But the unfortunate target was an American F-5, which needless to say would have created a few diplomatic problems had it been a real F-5.

But it wasn’t a real jet. CCTV played a clip from the Tom Cruise movie, Top Gun. From GizModo, here are some sample vidcaps, CCTV on left, movie footage on right:

CCTV rips off Top Gun

CCTV rips off Top Gun

Quality news broadcasting, there.

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