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* BackedByThePentagon
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/IronEagle'' which was produced at the same time. ''Top Gun'' was far more successful, but ''Iron Eagle'' got three sequels, the last going DirectToVideo.
* DevelopmentHell: The sequel. It was set to be released in 2014, but Tony Scott's untimely death caused production to be on hold.
* FollowTheLeader: Lead ''Film/FireBirds'', which had a similar presence, [[RecycledInSpace but centered on attack helicopters]], made with the assistance of the Arizona National Guard. Like ''Iron Eagle'', it wasn't as successful. Unlike ''Iron Eagle'', spawned no sequels whatsoever.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Goose's wife is Meg Ryan.
** Goose himself is a doctor [[{{Series/ER}} at Cook County General Hospital.]]
** [[Film/BackToTheFuture Mr. Strickland]] thinks Maverick's ego is writing checks his body can't cash!
** [[WalkerTexasRanger Trivette]] is Sundown.
** [[{{Series/Heroes}} Chipper]] ran for Congress after leaving the Navy.
* LifeImitatesArt: The F-5s "playing" the part of [=MiG-28s=] in flat black paint jobs were planes from the actual seminar. They kept the paint job after filming was done.
* TheRedStapler: Jackets and Ray-Bans experienced a peak in sales, and the Navy started putting recruitment booths in the theaters showing the film as enlistments saw a 500% bump.
* ReferencedBy:
** ''Franchise/WingCommander'' famously centered on a pilot known as Maverick, with Iceman being one of his squadmates. However, in this case, "Maverick" is {{lampshaded}} as being an IronicNickname for the cool-headed by the book pilot. His wingman [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Maniac]] is another matter entirely...
** ''Film/HotShots'' is essentially a WholePlotReference to ''Top Gun'', playfully skewering just about every trope used in the film.
* StarMakingRole: Tom Cruise. Also Val Kilmer.
* ThrowItIn: Iceman biting his gum and snapping his jaw at the end of the locker room scene was not scripted. Val Kilmer just did it, effectively getting the final word over Cruise.
* TruthInTelevision: The training accident that [[spoiler: kills Goose]] was entirely possible due to the design of the Tomcat. Early Tomcats had Pratt & Whitney [=TF30=] engines which were underpowered for the aircraft, resulting in compressor stalls at high angles of attack. The space in between the two engines would also easily result in a flat spin due to the massive amount of asymmetrical thrust should one engine crap out.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Music/BryanAdams was approached to use his song, "Only the Strong Survive," but he refused since he felt that the film glorified war.

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