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Today in History: “Top Gun” The Movie Turns 30 Years Old Today!

OMG, I am feeling old…I remember going to see this like 3 times at the theaters when it first came out (you know you are getting old when you preface a lot of your sentences with “I Remember!”) I have to admit, now when I watch this movie, I find it all a bit corny and cliche’, but in 1986, this movie was all the rage. -SF

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“Great balls of fire!” Aviation classic “Top Gun” turns 30 today.

Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Top Gun” is a staple movie among service members and veterans. Released 30 years ago on May 16, 1986, it was the highest grossing film of the year. And you’d be hard pressed to find a naval aviator who hasn’t seen the cult classic. The movie has a little bit of everything, from its killer soundtrack, to light romance, to epic F-14 dogfights.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release, here are eight little-known facts about “Top Gun.”

1. The film is dedicated to a stunt pilot who died during filming.

Art Scholl — an aerobatic pilot, aerial cameraman, and flight instructor — died during the filming of “Top Gun.” His Pitts S-2 camera plane went into a tailspin and plunged into the Pacific Ocean. Scholl’s chilling last words, “I have a problem — I have a real problem,” were heard over the radio by the crew.

2. It cost $10,000 an hour to use F-14s.

Shots of the aircraft carrier sequences were filmed aboard the USS Enterprise, showing aircraft from F-14 squadrons VF-114 Aardvarks and VF-213 Black Lions. For every hour of flight time with an F-14, Paramount paid $10,000. Overall, the movie cost about $15 million to produce, which is equal to $32 million today.

3. Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer didn’t get along during filming.

The tension between Maverick and Iceman seems like really good acting, but it isn’t. It turns out that Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer didn’t get along, and as a result, the aggression seen in the movie was organic.

4. Goose never actually gets a full name in the movie.

Goose, portrayed by Anthony Edwards, is never actually named within the movie. He only ever goes by “Goose.” However, his full name is meant to be Nick Bradshaw.

Read the Remainder at Task and Purpose

 

 

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