Top Gun - The Plot
Devil-may-care navy pilot Pete Mitchell (Tom
Cruise) is sent to Miramar
Naval Air Station for advanced training. Here he vies with
Tom Kasansky (Val Kilmer) for the
coveted 'Top Gun' award. When not so
occupied, Mitchell carries on a romance with civilian consultant Charlotte
Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). Shaken up by the death of a friend,
Mitchell loses the Top Gun honor to Kasansky. Worried that he
may have lost his nerve, Mitchell is
given a chance to redeem himself during
a tense international crisis involving a crippled US vessel
and a flock of predatory enemy planes.
The story wasn't new in 1986,
but Top Gun scored with
audiences on the strength of its visuals, especially
the vertigo-inducing aerial sequences. The film made more money
than any other film in 1986 and even spawned a 1989 takeoff,
Hot Shots. An Academy Award went to
the Giogio Moroder-Tom Whitlock song
'Take My Breath Away'.
Top Gun - Bloopers!
Continuity: At the end, a victorious
Maverick is hoisted on the shoulders
of the guys. As he goes up, he isn't wearing sunglasses. His
head goes out of the shot, and when he comes down, he's wearing a
Revealing: When "Charlie" is
first introduced to the class, she struts
down the aisle in heels. When she follows Maverick into the
building, you can briefly see that she
is wearing flats to compensate for
Maverick's (Tom Cruise's) short stature.
Continuity: During the whole elevator scene
with Mav and Charlie, her earrings
Continuity: The Navy allowed only one live
missile shot for the filming
of the movie. Maybe that is why we see so many missiles fired
from an empty rack.
Continuity: Throughout the film Maverick's
plane has the number '114' on
it. However, at the end when he is waiting on deck, the number has
changed to '104'. This is actually
Iceman's plane, which has already taken
off. When Maverick launches, the number has changed back to
Visible crew/equipment: When Goose and
Maverick are in the sea after their
plane crashes, look carefully, there's a thin black rope latching
onto Maverick and the camera crew's boat. Look carefully and
you will see it.
Revealing: Near the end of the movie, when
Maverick's plane is about to
be launched, there is a quick closeup of an F14's nose gear, which
is quite obviously not hooked up to a
catapult or anything else.
Continuity: In the volleyball scene,
Maverick can clearly be seen looking
at his watch because he has a hot date with Kelly McGillis,
however while they are actually
playing, it is easily noticeable that he
is no longer wearing his watch.
Continuity: In the final dog fight scene,
Maverick is flying with Merlin
as his co-pilot. Merlin's helmet is purple and can be seen
many times behind Maverick. In one
scene though, the helmet behind Maverick's
is orange, which is Sundown's colour.
Other: In the last dogfight, we see four
MIGs circling around Iceman, trying
to get him down. A few moments after, Maverick gets to the
scene, and the same shot is being
Continuity: In a scene soon after Cruise's
partner dies, when he's flying
with his new partner, you can see his call sign on his helmet,
but when they get on the ground and
he's talking to Cruise, all the letters
on his helmet are removed.
Continuity: When Maverick rides his
motorcycle up the hill to Charlie's
house, the sun is just about to set in the background. He stays
at Charlie's a while, they drink some wine, then he leaves. As
he is leaving, the sun is still
setting in the background.
Continuity: In the elevator scene with
Maverick and Charlie, Tom Cruise's
hair keeps changing.
Factual error: In all sequences where
Maverick "puts on the brakes", he
is shown pushing the throttle quadrant forward and pulling the
stick back. This would put him in a
full-afterburner climb as the airbrake
on the F-14 is actuated by a small slide button on the side
of the quadrant itself.
Continuity: In the final battle scene,
which takes place way out over the
water, in some of the F-14 shots, mountains can be seen in the
Factual error: In the last battle. Mav is
ordered to launch his alert five.
While hooking up to the catapult we see a man holding his left
hand flat and placing two fingers
sideways into it. That means you are
plugging in an external power source. You would not do that
Visible crew/equipment: In the sceen after
Maverick and Goose were told
that they would be going to Top Gun the next scene shows Maverick
on the runway riding his motorcycle as planes fly by. If you
have your DVD settings on full screen
you won't notice this but on wide
screen you will. You can see the motorcycle that he is riding is
strapped down to a trailer with 2 blue
tie-down straps. Also, if you listen
and watch closely you can tell that Maverick is not shifting
and giving gas to the motorcyle at the
right time.He gave gas and it never even
moves on the screen. Hard to do when you are strapped down to a
Continuity: In the dogfight where Cougar
freaks out, when Maverick and
Goose fly upside-down to give the MIG the birdie, the names of
each pilot are not only upside down,
but they are mirrored too. If you
look at the names upside down, you can't read them.
Continuity: When we are first introduced to
Maverick and Goose, their Tomcat
crosses the screen, right to left, in close-up, slowly. It's
nose is marked '203'. Then we see the
other Tomcat flying with them, and
it is number '114', and its crew is Cougar and Merlin. But all the
shots after this place Maverick and
Goose in '114'.
Factual error: Every time they show a close
up of Maverick moving the throttle
(going to burner, hitting the brakes, etc...) he is doing it
backwards. He pulls back for burner
and forward to slow down. In real life,
it is just the opposite.
Revealing: In every in-flight cockpit scene
a brass hand wheel is visible
on the right side of the headbox of the seat. The only time
this hand-wheel is installed on the
seat is to disconnect the seat from
the aircraft and to disarm the seat. Therefore, the plane and
actors in those scenes were on the
ground with a moving camera because
there is no way that an F-14 would be allowed to fly with 'dry'
Factual error: This is the most basic
mistake of all, but probably only
obvious to those who fly in the Navy. Almost every written
reference to 'TOP GUN' is wrong.
TOPGUN is one word, all caps.
Continuity: After the final dogfight, how
did the drop tanks get back onto
the planes before they landed? They sure weren't there during
Continuity: Before the final dogfight the
back wings on Mav's jet say YYY,
afterwards they say XXX.
Continuity: When the instructors are out on
the flight line discussing
Maverick's loss of confidence, in each shot Viper's sunglasses
can be seen to alternate between Randolph (square type) and
then Ray Ban (aviator style).
Factual error: The final dogfight scene has
a huge error when Hollywood's
jet is hit with a missile and he ejects. The next scene shows
him manually deploying a small pilot chute to open his main
parachute. After seat/man separation,
the main chute automatically deploys
depending on altitude and airspeed. He would still be connected
to his ejection seat until his chute deploys. Having to manually
throw a 'pilot chute' to the wind would leave too much for
Factual error: During the briefing before
the final scene, the Captain
says: "The Migs carry the Exocet missile. They can fire that
missile from a hundred miles
away". They could fire the Exocet from
a hundred miles away - but the Exocet's maximum range is around
Factual error: In the first flying scene
where Goose says he has got contact
with the enemy on his radar, the display shown is sweeping in
a full circle. The AWG-9 radar of the
F-14 is mounted to the front of the
airplane and can only see side to side not in a circle.
Factual error: Just as Mav goes into the
flat spin, you hear a voice-over
while looking at the rear of his F-14 (you can see the AB); you
hear "Engine 1 is out" and
you see the right engine flame out... this is
engine 2, engine 1 is the left engine.
Visible crew/equipment: A boom mic is
visible in Viper's office in the
top right as Jester and Viper chat following Maverick leaving the
Continuity: The weapons armament on the
F-14's keeps changing from one
cut to another.
Continuity: At Charlie's, she and Mav are
having dinner and he asks for
the wine. Throughout the entire scene the bottle of wine is
Audio problem: Reference the dialogue in
the hangar where Mav/Goose and
Charlie are discussing what was happening when they met the MiG,
and Goose says "You know, the
finger." In the original 1985 cinema release,
Charlie replies "Yes, I know the finger, Lieutenant," but in
the video release this has been
changed to "Yes, I know the finger, Goose."
If you look closely you'll see that her lips don't move when
she enunciates the word
"Goose," and if you listen carefully you can hear
the edit change in the soundtrack between "finger," and
Factual error: In his first flight at Top
Gun, Maverick and Jester are
seen flying at low level, yet there is a 10,000 foot hard deck,
so they must be flying over mountains
that height above sea level, in which
case the hard deck to be any use would have to be higher.
Factual error: After the final dogfight
scene when Maverick and Iceman
have landed, we see their two F-14 Tomcats spotted (parked) on
the flight deck of the carrier. In the
background, you see aircraft already
spotted on the fantail (back of the ship) with several blocking
the direct path of any aircraft landing on the carrier. While
the aircraft directors and blueshirt crews would be fast in
moving aircraft, they would not have
had the time to spot and tie down
all those aircraft on the fantail before Maverick and Iceman had
finished parking their jets.
Continuity: In the scene where the guy
tells Cruise: "Maverick, you and
Goose get your butts into Viper's office now", when the scene is
close up on his face, the black guy is
on the right, but as soon as it
goes back to the regular scene the black guy is on the left.
Continuity: In a hostile situation, there
is no way on Earth that a carrier
would only have had two fighters airborne, not to mention two
aircrews that were not even part of
Factual error: In the scene where Charlie
is introduced, she conducts a
class in a hangar that would be noisy, hot and badly lit, rather
than a classroom, where all other
military instruction classes are held.
Additionally for some strange reason the aircraft are outside,
framed by the hangar door, as if set
up for a publicity shot, when the
proper place for them is in the hangar, out of the sun, or on the
Deliberate 'mistake': In the shot where the
F-14 and F5 canopies are only
3-feet apart, you can see that the writing on the side of Mav's
F-14 is backwards. Also, if the F-14
was inverted, with the sun more-or-less above, its cockpit would be in
shadow, not with sunlight on the
nose, as seen.
Continuity: In the scene where Maverick is
in Top Gun flying against Jester.
In one scene he says he's going to hit the brakes. He hits
the brakes and goes up so it look like
Jester should fly underneath. In
the next shot you can see Jester fly over Maverick.
Continuity: In the first dogfight, when
Cougar freaks out he removes his
face mask. When Maverick takes-off again to guide him down the
shot shows Cougar and Merlin's plane
from the side where Cougar is again
wearing his mask. Then it cuts back to a face shot of Cougar
and his mask is off again.
Factual error: In nearly every cockpit
scene, regardless of fighter airframe,
you can see that half or more of the lights on the caution
lights panel on the lower right-hand
side of the cockpit are lit. These
lights are the illuminated names of all the systems that are
not currently operating, so if the
'Engine 1' light is lit, then Engine
1 is not running. If over half of the lights are lit (as in
the cockpit scenes) then the pilots
must be flying without half of their
systems running, including engines, hydraulics, and radar. None
of these lights should be on in
flight. This makes it obvious that the
scenes were shot on the ground using external power.
Factual error: The training was conducted
at Miramar, 5 (or so) miles from
the beach. When Charlie confronts Maverick about his flying and
he leaves on a motorcycle, he zooms up
a hill away from the ocean leaving
MCRD (not Miramar) with the Coronado Bay Bridge - and lots of
ocean water - in the background.
Continuity: In the scene where Kelly
McGillis hands Tom Cruise the note
saying "meet me at my house 5:30 sharp" or something like
that, if you look
carefully you can see when she hands Cruise the note that there
is a lot of print on the sheet, but when he looks at it in a
close up the sheet is totally white
blank except for her writing.
Continuity: While in the trailer reviewing
Maverick's flying, "put on the
brakes and he'll fly right by..." Charlie is wearing a grey
skirt. In the next scene while she is
out by Maverick's bike she is wearing
a black skirt.
Continuity: The class at Top Gun was made
up of the current best pilot/RIO
air crews which had not previously attended the school, from
various squadrons. At graduation, out of all the pilots in the
Navy, including all the pilots from
Maverick's squadron still on the carrier
(some of which would have already graduated from Top Gun),
Maverick, Iceman and Wolfman have to
rush back to Maverick's aircraft carrier
because they are the only pilots available that can go against
Continuity: In the bathroom, Charlie has a
tube of lipstick, next cut it's
Continuity: The flight where Goose dies
begins over land - where the pilots
are chatting. When they see the enemy they are over water. In
the next shot they are over mountains
and desert again, until they land
on the water. That doesn't add up. There are no places in California
where the desert goes all the way to the coast with no towns
Factual error: In the beginning of the
movie when Maverick inverts and
gets cosy (canopy to canopy) with the MIG pilot and Goose is
taking pictures; could never have
happened. Firstly the tails of the
F-14 are nearly 9 feet tall and the canopies are a mere three
feet apart, so this would have
resulted in a collision. Second the suction
of the air between these two airframes even at stall speed of
120 mph would have cause a violent
Factual error: Cougar would not have a
photo of his wife and kids in the
cockpit as seen in the opening scene, as it would fly around when
manoeuvering. It could also obscure
instruments and before he took off each
day he would need to put this photo in place, as pilots don't
have their own private planes.
Factual error: When Top Gun first came out,
everybody in our squadron made
a big joke of the 'Deadly Blue Tubes'. This refers to the sidewinder
missiles that were supposedly launched from the Tomcats. Those
who are familiar with aircraft weapons, would know that the
blue tube is a sidewinder simulator.
If you was to launch this from the
aircraft, all it could do is drop like a rock.
Factual error: Every time one of the F-14
pilots fires a missile, he thumbs
the selector switch on the stick to the SP/PH (Sparrow/Phoenix)
position, then pulls the trigger. In every case, it's a Sidewinder
that leaves the rail, even though it isn't selected, and would
not have had time to 'home' anyway.
Continuity: When Maverick is inverted on
top of the MIG, they are flying
(almost) level - not in a dive at -4 G.
Deliberate 'mistake': In the
locker room scene after the final dogfight,
Wolfman's helmet is seen hanging in Hollywood's locker. Hollywood's
helmet is blue.
Factual error: In the opening dogfight,
Cougar says: "I'm gonna break high
and right, see if he's really alone". When Cougar breaks he is
only armed with 2 sidewinders and 2
sparrows. Any F-14 on patrol would
at least have 4 sparrows under the fuselage, but most likely
would have the pallets and 4 phoenix
Factual error: At the end Maverick throws
Goose's dogtags off the ship.
American soldiers wear two dog tags. When killed, one tag goes
to administration for paperwork
purposes and the other is given to the
family (if any). Goose's personal effects should have had only
one tag and been mailed home to his
wife, not given to Maverick. It is
not military policy to let a deceased soldier's friends pick
through his stuff after he dies, as we
see Maverick do.
Factual error: In the final dogfight scene,
the Search and Rescue helicopter
lands with rescued pilots very soon after the last F-14 lands.
The dogfight took place approximately 250 miles away from the
ship. The top speed of an H-3 is 120
knots. It should have taken the chopper
nearly two hours to return to the ship.
Factual error: No part of the Indian Ocean
could be described as 'enemy
territory' for US ships in 1986.
Continuity: In the scene at the beginning
of the movie when the Admiral
walks into to flight control room on the aircraft carrier and
asks: "Who's up there. Great
Maverick and Goose"; he is only wearing pilot
wings on his uniform. As the scene progresses when Maverick and
Cougar tangle with the Migs, the
admiral is in the control room and his
uniform changes to being completely decorated.
Factual error: The helicopter on an
aircraft carrier is usually one of
the first aircrafts airborne during flight ops. The helicopter
should have been airborne already when
they call to launch the rescue helicopter
when Iceman was shot down.
Factual error: When Mav explains to Charlie
his dogfight with the MiG-28,
Charlie askes him: "You were in a 4G inverted dive with a
MiG-28?", "Yes Mam" he
replies. Imagine the two aircraft. The F-14 was
inverted (the back of the F-14 was 'looking' at the ground, and
it was pulling 4 positive G's), and
the MiG-28 was flying horizontally
(the belly of the MiG-28 was 'looking' at the ground) so it
should have been pulling 4 negative
G's to keep their distance constant,
or more to increase it (otherwise they'd have collided). For
the MiG to pull 4 negative g's is almost impossible for two
reasons: 1) the negative g-limits of
the aircraft are somewhere in the
area of 3.5, and 2) the Russian pilot's eyes would have popped
out of his head at this g-force. Even
the most modern and agile fighter
aircraft of the world (like the F-16 and the Eurofighter) have
a negative g-limit of 3.5 while their positive limit is at 9,
mainly due to human body constraints.
Continuity: In the final battle scene,
Slider sees two MIGs dead ahead
and Iceman says he will "Take them down the left side." In a
front view the two MIGs come towards
them, but cut to a side view and the
two MIGs pass, suddenly followed by a third.
Continuity: When Iceman confronts Maverick
about covering Cougar, Iceman
is shown putting his watch on as Maverick is walking up the
stairs. In the next frame, when he is
standing next to Maverick, he is
shown putting it on again.
Continuity: Take notice of everyone's hands
during the action sequences.
No one is wearing gloves. As standard issue for military pilots,
the gloves are made of Nomex and provide protection from fire
and allow for a better grip when
things get a little hot and heavy.
Continuity: When Goose dies, 'Sundown' acts
as Mav's RIO. On the plane
his helmet has a Sun with rays, and walking on the runaway it
Factual error: US flight suits certainly
have their share of insignia on
them, including name, rank, unit and sometimes others. Often
aircraft type, school and hours awards
are also worn, but they don't look
as much like NASCAR fire suits as the movie makes out. Even so,
all extraneous insignia are removed
when operating in a combat zone. They're
attached with velcro for this purpose.
Other: When Maverick is doing the fly-by at
the end of the movie, you can
notice the crew watching for the F-14's to fly by the carrier.
It's obvious the fly-by was set up,
otherwise the crew wouldn't be waiting
to watch them fly by.
Deliberate 'mistake': At the beginning of
the movie, during the first encounter
with the Migs, Goose whips out a Polaroid camera and takes
a picture of the Mig while inverted.
There is no chance that the other
plane would be visible in the photo. Goose used a flash bulb.
The glass of the canopy would reflect
the majority of that flash right
back at the camera. The only thing that would appear in the
photo would be a big white flash of
Factual error: Although it doesn't occur in
the land-based tower at Miramar
during Mitchell's first high-speed pass (thankfully), when he
repeats the pass at the carrier, the
camera work tries to make it look
like the jet rocks the tower. US supercarriers displace over
80,000 tons, and are not pushed around
even by 30,000 pounds of thrust
Continuity: In the first dogfight there are
several shots where the planes
are very close to the ground - especially one flying over a
flat desert where you can see the
planes' shadows. In those shots they
are definitely below 10,000 feet. However it is only later said
that they are going below the hard
Continuity: In the scene where Maverick and
Slider are studying and Charlie
slips Maverick the piece of paper with her address on it, Slider
changes seats. First he is at one end of the table near the
wall, then at the end of the scene he,
and all of his stuff, is at the
opposite end of the table.
Factual error: After the graduation at Top
Gun, the next scene shown is
an aircraft carrier and the caption "24 hours later". To allow
pilots time to overcome the effects of
jet lag, they are grounded one day
for every three times zones they crossed. Maverick wouldn't even
have been on the flight schedule
within 24 hours of having left California.
Factual error: After Mitchell drops out of
TOPGUN, Viper tells him: "That
isn't something the State Department tells dependents when the
battle happens on the wrong side of
some line". The US State Department does
not notify military dependents of the death of a service member.
The Defense Department does. Goose got
it right when he joked in the cockpit
after being nailed by Jester.
Continuity: While Maverick is dogfighting
Viper in Top Gun school he is
in a F-14, and Viper is in A-4. Viper gets on Maverick's back, but
in one scene you see the A-4 flies
through the view before the F-14, although
he should be behind him...
Factual error: The implausibility of
holding class in a hangar instead
of a classroom has already been mentioned. But how about the
desk just inside of the hangar doors,
complete with blotter, "in" and "out"
baskets and other accessories?
Continuity: The night before graduation,
Maverick is parked on his bike
at the runway. An incoming jet is seen, with gear and hook down.
But in the next shot the jet just
keeps flying. And it's not a test landing
and take-off. It's two different planes mixed.
Plot hole: In the debrief in Viper's office
following Maverick and Goose's
first flight at Top Gun (in which they defeat Jester), Viper
states that: "Commander
Heatherly lost sight of you and called no joy".
However, during the actual flight scene, you never hear Jester call
"no joy". It's generally assumed that this part of the scene
was accidentally left in
the editing room.
Factual error:In describing the first
encounter with the MiG, Maverick
tells Charlie he saw a MiG do a negative 4G dive. However,
in that scene, the two planes are
flying straight and level - neither one
climbs or dives at any time.
Factual error:Maverick seems to always be
able to fly in his own aircraft
with LT Pete Mitchell written on the side, yet on an aircraft
carrier, the air base pilots are allocated planes according
to serviceability, etc and not because
it has their name on it.
Continuity: In the last dogfight, Ice says
"two MiGs passing between us".
It then shows the two passing between either Ice or Maverick
and a single tail jet. The Grumman
f-14 Tomcat is a twin tail.
Factual error:The aircraft the American
pilots are fighting against are
described as being "MiGs", but they are American F-5 jets,
called tigers, which the
USAF is still using for the training of young pilots.
Continuity: At the beginning of the film,
the squadron commander enters
CATTC with a chest full of ribbons, next shot, all ribbons are
gone. There is no smoking in CATTC
(for the equipment) and the radar in
CATTC cannot be used to monitor air combat movement as they did in
the film. The Combat Centre or CIC is
used for that.
Continuity: In the opening scene, we know
Maverick and Goose are flying
in the morning because the CAG is greeted with a "Good
morning, sir" before he asks who
is flying. As the scene plays out, it
is certainly taking place during the day. However, by the time
Maverick is escorting Cougar back to
the ship, the sun is setting - by
the time Cougar's plane lands on the ship, it is quite dark.
First, it seems highly unlikely that
the encounter with the MiGs would
have taken that long, and the F-14's certainly wouldn't have
been able to stay airborne that long
without refuelling - which we never
Factual error:When Maverick is riding his
bike to get away from Charlie,
he comes over a hill. There are no hills near NAS Miramar (Home
of Fighttown USA/Top Gun).
Factual error:When Maverick and Goose are
launched off the enterprise,
the dogfight in which Iceman is in trouble takes place many
hundreds of miles out. Despite this Maverick reaches it in
The F14 is fast, but not that fast...
Continuity: After the class where they meet
Charlie for the first time,
and Maverick reveals that he's "the one", he's confronted by
Iceman. The Iceman asks him who was
watching Cougar, while he was 'show
boating' with this MiG. If you watch Iceman you'll see that he
puts his watch on twice.
Factual error:In the two dog fight
sequences, when Maverick uses his speed
brakes to 'bleed off' air speed to cause the MIGs on his tail
to overshoot him, the nose of his
Tomcat pitches up and the MIGs pass beneath
him. When pilots do this manoeuvre to evade pursuit by faster
aircraft, loss of airspeed results in
loss of lift which cause the aircraft
to nose down and lose altitude, and the pursuer to pass above
them. Closing the speed brakes and applying afterburner then
brought the nose back up in a position
to fire missiles into the opponent
aircraft's exhaust pipe.
Continuity: While in the opening air scene,
the names of the pilot and
his RIO are backwards.
Factual error: At the beginning when
Maverick and Cougar are flying back
to the ship and they are sweating running out of fuel before
Maverick can talk Cougar down, this
would not have been that much of a
big deal. The carrier would have launched a tanker and refuelled
the planes. Even if Cougar was too
shaken to land on the carrier, with
the help of tankers, they could have diverted to a land based
runway which is infinitely easier to
Continuity: In the elevator scene Kelly
McGillis's hair is a different
colour (a shade of red?) from that earlier or later in the
film. Apparently this scene was filmed months after Top Gun
filming was complete while McGillis was
shooting another film. This explains
the baseball cap and ponytail. Which brings us neatly to...
Top Gun - Trivia
The scene where Maverick is making love to Charlie
was shot in the dark for a reason.
When reviewing the movie, the producers and critics
felt that the movie needed a love scene after it was originally
finished. Unfortunately, Kelly McGillis (Charlie) was doing
another movie and had red hair. To shoot the scene, the dark was
used to subtly cover the fact her hair isn't blonde, not just for
the romantic effect.
The MiGs in the movie are actually all F-5 Tiger,
an American plane that
it uses as a trainer and sells to other countries. In reality,
there is no MiG-28. It is just an F-5.
Goose's real name is Nick Bradshaw. You can see it
after he dies, it's
among his belongings Maverick is going through.
Charlie's date in the first bar scene with her in
it is the REAL Viper,
from the real Top Gun school. He was the consultant on the film.
Val Kilmer did not want to be in the film, but was
forced to by contractual
Ally Sheedy was the first choice for Charlotte
'Charlie' Blackwood but
turned the part down because she thought that no one would want
to see a movie with Tom Cruise flying
a fighter jet.
One of the pilots was killed during the filming.
At the end of the film
there is a reference in the credits to Art Scholl. He was an
acrobatic pilot who flew the planes
during the filming and was engaged
to fly the difficult 'flat spin' scene. During this scene,
Scholl reported a problem with the
plane. All contact was then lost and
neither Scholl nor the plane were ever recovered.
After the (in)famous scene in which Maverick and
Goose sing to Charlie,
she leaves the bar (actually, the rear bar area of the Miramar
Naval Air Station Officers' Club) and goes to a restroom some
20 miles away (a men's restroom in the
lobby of an administration building
at Naval Training Center, San Diego). Maverick follows her,
and after their exchange they both
head back up I-15 to re-enter the bar
at Miramar. Presumably the rather cramped restrooms at the
Miramar O-Club were inappropriate for
When Maverick tells Charlie that he was flying
inverted when flipping the
bird to the MiG, Iceman coughs "bullshit" and gets a laugh
from the others. That
was actually an ad-lib from Val Kilmer.
At the beginning of the class, Charlie tells the
students that they will
be using F-5's and A-4's as MiG simulators. Nowhere at the
school do we see F-5's being flown by
instructors as aggressors. The instructors
only fly A-4's. The 'real' MiG's are F-5's.
Matthew Modine was originally selected to play
Maverick but he turned the
part down because he disagreed with the film's cold-war politics.