History Film / TopGun

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.
23rd Sep '17 7:54:50 AM butterflygrrl
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*** Furthermore, after Goose's death in a training accident, Maverick would in reality be immediately out of the program and into psychiatric evaluation.

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*** Furthermore, after [[spoiler: Goose's death in a training accident, accident,]] Maverick would in reality be immediately out of the program and into psychiatric evaluation.
8th Sep '17 10:12:52 AM timotaka
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*** Furthermore, after Goose's death in a training accident, Maverick would in reality be immediately out of the program and into psychiatric evaluation.
20th Aug '17 11:14:08 AM nombretomado
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Okay, a bit more detail. ''Top Gun'' (1986) was inspired by a magazine article on Navy pilots. The screenwriters and director Creator/TonyScott viewed it as "[[XMeetsY Sports Movie meets jets]]". In it, a hotshot pilot named "Maverick" (Cruise) is sent to the [=TOPGUN=][[note]] Which is the actual name of the real-life school - all caps, no space[[/note]] training school, a five-week workshop where pilots learn how to really kick ass in an OldSchoolDogfight. Here Maverick has to deal with competition from fellow pilots, and conquer his own demons, while still finding time to romance his civilian instructor Charlotte (Kelly [=McGillis=]).

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Okay, a bit more detail. ''Top Gun'' (1986) was inspired by a magazine article on Navy pilots. The screenwriters and director Creator/TonyScott viewed it as "[[XMeetsY "[[JustForFun/XMeetsY Sports Movie meets jets]]". In it, a hotshot pilot named "Maverick" (Cruise) is sent to the [=TOPGUN=][[note]] Which is the actual name of the real-life school - all caps, no space[[/note]] training school, a five-week workshop where pilots learn how to really kick ass in an OldSchoolDogfight. Here Maverick has to deal with competition from fellow pilots, and conquer his own demons, while still finding time to romance his civilian instructor Charlotte (Kelly [=McGillis=]).
16th Jul '17 11:12:33 PM bombadil211
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: There's strict protocol on ''who'' gets to fly jets - Maverick, who's already noted for having issues with authority, most likely wouldn't have been a candidate. It's {{hand wave}}d by him been vouched for (much to his headache) by a well-respected officer, who's somehow managed to shield Maverick from getting his rank busted down thrice affect him too badly. In real life, this is usually a death sentence for advancing in rank. But he's Maverick.

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: ArtisticLicenseMilitary:
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There's strict protocol on ''who'' gets to fly jets - Maverick, who's already noted for having issues with authority, most likely wouldn't have been a candidate. It's {{hand wave}}d by him been vouched for (much to his headache) by a well-respected officer, who's somehow managed to shield Maverick from getting his rank busted down thrice affect him too badly. In real life, this is usually a death sentence for advancing in rank. But he's Maverick.Maverick.
** The real TOPGUN is simply pass-fail and there are no rankings or trophies to be won because, due to the personalities of those accepted into the program, everyone would kill themselves pulling wild stunts to try and beat their fellow aviators.


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* ColorCodedCharacters: The pilot-RIO pairings wear matching shirts beneath their flight suits to help identify who's in which plane when everyone has their oxygen masks on.
27th May '17 1:29:16 PM FastFuriousFan
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* WeaponsUnderstudies: A-4s and F-5s for [=MiGs=]. A-4s and F-5s were chosen by the actual [=TOPGUN=] training seminar for "Dissimilar Air Combat Training," which is military jargon for, "We can't get real [=MiGs=], but these planes can be modified to have have similar flight characteristics of just about any soviet fighter (the f-5 interestedly enough is still the most maneuverable fighter in subsonic flight in the US military except for thrust vectoring planes), so they'll do." They did actually have some Russian planes in the Constant Peg program, but its existence was classified at that time.

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* WeaponsUnderstudies: A-4s and F-5s for [=MiGs=]. A-4s and F-5s were chosen by the actual [=TOPGUN=] training seminar for "Dissimilar Air Combat Training," which is military jargon for, "We can't get real [=MiGs=], but these planes can be modified to have have similar flight characteristics of just about any soviet fighter (the f-5 interestedly interestingly enough is still the most maneuverable fighter in subsonic flight in the US military except for thrust vectoring planes), so they'll do." They did actually have some Russian planes in the Constant Peg program, but its existence was classified at that time.


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* WhamShot: Maverick and Goose [[spoiler: Finally eject from their falling fighter, only for Goose to fatally crash headfirst into the the ejected canopy, [[NeckSnap snapping his neck]]. He is already dead when his parachute opens.]]
10th Feb '17 4:23:36 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** In real life, TomCruise and [=Kelly McGillis=] despised each other.

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** In real life, TomCruise Creator/TomCruise and [=Kelly McGillis=] despised each other.
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