After failed attempts to save the USS Ranger for use as a museum ship, the storied Forestal Class carrier, the same one from the opening shots of Top Gun, is on its way around to Brownsville, Texas where it will be recycled. During a stop off of Balboa, CA, someone with a hobby drone shot this incredible footage.

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