Watch: Real-Life 'Darkstar' Hypersonic Engine Fires Into Ramjet Mode

Watch: Real-Life ‘Darkstar’ Hypersonic Engine Fires Into Ramjet Mode

Remember the scene in the movie Top Gun: Maverick, Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is piloting the SR-72 “Darkstar” hypersonic plane and slams the thrust lever for the engines all the way forward. The engines ignite in a fiery blast that propels Maverick to Mach 10.