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Facts of Fiction

Facts of Fiction

Wikileaks & Lawfare

Written by: James W. Huston Published: July 27, 2010

Wikileaks’ release of “over 75,000 secret military reports covering the war in Afghanistan” is being called one of the “biggest leaks in U.S. military history.”

It is also a prime example of Lawfare.

In my June 10, 2010, post, I wrote: (more…)

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In the News

In the News

Top Gun Redux

Written by: James W. Huston Published: July 23, 2010

Few things have done as much for naval aviation as putting one of the hottest actors in the business, Tom Cruise, on screen in the hottest airplane of the day, the F-14. Now there’s talk of a Top Gun sequel. I’m all for it!

Those of us who went to the real TOPGUN, before the movie, thought the school was incredibly cool and we felt fortunate to go. But we sure didn’t expect anyone we knew to even come close to understanding what we were doing.  After the movie though, all you had to do was say you went to TOPGUN, and people immediately thought more highly of you. That was a refreshing change in the 80s.

However, when Top Gun was released, those of us in VF-84 knew that the movie with the best F-14 flying scenes had already been made—and our squadron did all the flying in that movie. It is called The Final Countdown, starring Martin Sheen, Kirk Douglas, Katharine Ross, Charles Durning, and James Farentino.


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Earlier this summer, NPR asked listeners to nominate and vote for their favorite thrillers. A few of you chose Falcon Seven, and your votes helped it make the list. Thanks for your support!

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