History Film / TopGun

3rd Mar '18 3:43:15 PM StarTropes
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* PreMeeting: Maverick first meets Charlie when he flirts with her at a bar (and crashes and burns) the night before she's introduced as a civilian instructor.
2nd Mar '18 5:03:09 AM ScandalousWaheela
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** In the first combat "hop," Maverick gets in trouble for pursuing Jester below the "hard deck" - when in reality, ''Jester'' would have been in ''far'' more trouble for using the hard deck to avoid a losing engagement - not to mention in the rules of the engagement, the hard deck represents the ''ground,'' so Jester just avoided being "killed" by a student by... flying into the ground. Oops.
2nd Mar '18 5:01:00 AM ScandalousWaheela
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** Speaking of RuleOfCool, the "beepbeepbeepboooooooooooooooooooo...." sound of the weapons tracking system is way, way wrong. Radar missiles have ''no'' tracking or lock-on tone at all, and the infrared-tracking Sidewinder missile has a very different tone characterized as a "growl" that turns into a harsher buzz when the missile can "see" enough heat to successfully guide.
29th Jan '18 3:34:09 PM WillKeaton
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** F-14s, which feature so prominently in the film, have all been retired from service with the Navy. While the A-4 as a aggressor has also been retired, the navy still uses the bad guys plane the [=MiG-28=] (in reality the F-5)for aggressor combat.

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** F-14s, which feature so prominently in the film, have all been retired from service with the Navy. While the A-4 as a aggressor has also been retired, the navy still uses the bad guys plane guys' plane, the [=MiG-28=] (in reality the F-5)for F-5), for aggressor combat.
29th Jan '18 3:32:48 PM WillKeaton
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* CrowdSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQtGZKdW0Xc You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin']]"

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* CrowdSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQtGZKdW0Xc You've "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin']]"Feelin'"]]



* DisqualificationInducedVictory: The pilot Cougar loses his cool and turns in his wings. So Maverick and Goose get a slot at the Fighter Weapons school in his place. Their commander wanted to ground them both after their antics with [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Soviet Migs]].

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* DisqualificationInducedVictory: The pilot Cougar loses his cool and turns in his wings. So Maverick and Goose get a slot at the Fighter Weapons school in his place. Their commander wanted to ground them both after their antics with [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Soviet Migs]].MiGs]].
29th Jan '18 3:32:07 PM WillKeaton
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* BigWhat: During the climactic dogfight with the MiGs:

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* BigWhat: During the climactic dogfight with the MiGs:[=MiGs=]:



* GatlingGood: The shots of the [=MiGs=] firing their guns during the final dogfight cut to a shot of a Minigun firing. The F-14 carries an internal 20mm Vulcan cannon as well, but it's never used on-screen (though it's referenced a couple times when various planes get too close for missiles in the simulated dogfights). [[JustPlaneWrong No MiG fighters in reality carry a gatling gun; the only MiG plane to use one is the MiG-27, a ground attack airplane.]]

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* GatlingGood: The shots of the [=MiGs=] firing their guns during the final dogfight cut to a shot of a Minigun firing. The F-14 carries an internal 20mm Vulcan cannon as well, but it's never used on-screen (though it's referenced a couple times when various planes get too close for missiles in the simulated dogfights). [[JustPlaneWrong No MiG [=MiG=] fighters in reality carry a gatling gun; the only MiG [=MiG=] plane to use one is the MiG-27, [=MiG-27=], a ground attack airplane.]]



** F-14s, which feature so prominently in the film, have all been retired from service with the Navy. While the A-4 as a aggressor has also been retired, the navy still uses the bad guys plane the Mig28 (in reality the F-5)for aggressor combat.

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** F-14s, which feature so prominently in the film, have all been retired from service with the Navy. While the A-4 as a aggressor has also been retired, the navy still uses the bad guys plane the Mig28 [=MiG-28=] (in reality the F-5)for aggressor combat.
19th Dec '17 5:54:55 AM alcockell
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** Averted with BBFC rating - the film had a 15 on initial release, and 12 on the Special Edition being submitted for rating.
21st Oct '17 5:12:13 AM manofwarb
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** So as not to give the wrong idea, he only does it twice, each time to a different opponent which is why it is listed above as a ChekhovsSkill.

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** So as not to give the wrong idea, he only does it twice, each time to a different opponent which is why it is listed above as a ChekhovsSkill. In actuality, this was a trick taught at the real TOPGUN since its founding during the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar


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* {{Expy}}: Maverick was supposedly one for Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the last naval aviator to make "Ace" by downing five enemy aircraft. He even used Maverick's "hit the brakes and he'll fly right by" SignatureMove to earn that fifth aircraft kill.
20th Oct '17 3:20:59 PM manofwarb
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** Since TOPGUN drew one aircrew from each squadron, Ice, Slider, Hollywood and Wolfman shouldn't have returned to the ''Enterprise'' with Maverick. They should have returned to their original squadrons. Even if they were from ''different'' squadrons deployed on the ''Enterprise'', they should have had no business telling Maverick's CO to ground him. Nor should they have been in the same section on thus sortie.

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** Since TOPGUN drew one aircrew from each squadron, Ice, Slider, Hollywood and Wolfman shouldn't have returned to the ''Enterprise'' with Maverick. They should have returned to their original squadrons. Even if they were from ''different'' squadrons deployed on the ''Enterprise'', they should have had no business telling Maverick's CO to ground him. Nor should they have been in the same section flight element on thus this sortie.
20th Oct '17 3:19:30 PM manofwarb
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** The real TOPGUN wasn't a Tomcat pilots only school - it was intended for all fighter squadrons, including Marine Corps fighter squadrons to send a pilot here. Therefore, there should have been quite a few F/A-18 Hornet pilots, including Marine Hornet pilots in that class.
** Since TOPGUN drew one aircrew from each squadron, Ice, Slider, Hollywood and Wolfman shouldn't have returned to the ''Enterprise'' with Maverick. They should have returned to their original squadrons. Even if they were from ''different'' squadrons deployed on the ''Enterprise'', they should have had no business telling Maverick's CO to ground him. Nor should they have been in the same section on thus sortie.
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