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Trivia: Top Gun

  • Backed by the Pentagon
  • Dueling Movies: With Iron Eagle which was produced at the same time. Top Gun was far more successful, but Iron Eagle got three sequels, the last going Direct-to-Video.
  • Development Hell: The sequel. It was set to be released in 2014, but Tony Scott's untimely death caused production to be on hold.
  • Follow the Leader: Lead Fire Birds, which had a similar presence, 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Goose's wife is Meg Ryan.
  • Life Imitates Art: 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.
  • The Red Stapler: 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.
  • Referenced By:
    • Wing Commander 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 Ironic Nickname for the cool-headed by the book pilot. His wingman Maniac is another matter entirely...
    • Hot Shots! is essentially a Whole Plot Reference to Top Gun, playfully skewering just about every trope used in the film.
  • Star-Making Role: Tom Cruise. Also Val Kilmer.
  • Throw It In: 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.
  • Truth in Television: The training accident that 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.
  • What Could Have Been: Bryan Adams 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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