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Arizona Rep. Martha McSally: 'Top Gun' sequel better have female fighter jet pilots

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The sequel to the classic Tom Cruise-starring "Top Gun" better feature an update to its fighter jet pilots to match the times, according to Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally.

The retired United States Air Force colonel, who is running in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate, was asked about the sequel by TMZ as she left the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The reporter behind the camera says to McSally, a former fighter jet pilot, "they're going to have to have women pilots, right?"

"They better. They better," McSally said. "Look we got a lot of women who are flying in all sorts of airplanes right now in all the services."

She also talked about the impact seeing her in flying gear has had on girls in classrooms she has visited.

"I go into classrooms all the time with kids and I bring my flying gear and sometimes the boys get all excited when they hear a fighter pilot is coming then they realize a girl shows up and you can see the wheels turning and the girls go 'Wow! I can do this,'" she said.

McSally said the movie, which has apparently started filming, has an opportunity to send an important message to young girls.

"I think it's so important. You see how 'Top Gun' really helped with Navy recruitment and inspiring people to come serve," she said. "So they better have women because it's great as a message to young girls so that they can see 'I can be a fighter pilot too.'"

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