* BackedByThePentagon: The producers received quite a bit of assistance from the Arizona [[HomeGuard National Guard]] in particular.
* FollowTheLeader: The film is essentially ''Film/TopGun'' [[RecycledInSpace with Attack Helicopters]] starring Creator/TommyLeeJones and Creator/NicolasCage. Much like ''Film/IronEagle'', it didn't make as much of an impact, although unlike ''Iron Eagle'', it didn't receive any sequels - likely ''because'' of how similar it was to ''Top Gun''