Archive for July, 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 thereâ€™s talk of a Top Gun sequel. Iâ€™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 didnâ€™t expect anyone we knew to even come close to understanding what we were doing.Â 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 madeâ€”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.