The US premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick”, the sequel to the famous movie “Top Gun” released in 1986, is scheduled for next December.
“Top Gun” is the nickname of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, created by the United States Navy in 1969 at the Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California, to offer additional instruction to naval fighter airmen in close-range air-to-air engagements, known in aviation parlance as “dog fights”.
Currently, the Top Gun program is conducted at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, and is officially called the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program. Gone are the times when your students flew with the famous F-14 Tomcat. They now fly in the F/A-18E Super Hornet, and face an Aggressor Squadron equipped with different types of aircraft, from F-16A to F/A-18A/B Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, going through the F-5E Tiger II. The NAS Fallon Aggressor Squadron is the VFC-13 “Saints”.
A few days ago, the US Navy published a report on the true Top Guns, which shows three instructors of this training program. If you expected to see aviators playing volleyball on a beach, fans of large displacement motorcycles and flirting in a bar, the video will surely surprise you, because what we see are very professional guys with family and who dedicate their free time to hobbies very calm. For strong emotions they already have their job:
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