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Top Gun movie 30th anniversary

Old 12th May 2016, 20:56
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Top Gun movie 30th anniversary

Am led to believe it's been 3 decades since Top Gun came out at the cinema 😎😎😅

I wonder what reactions from our Tonka / Rhino / Lightning and SHAR crews after watching it with stack of popcorn, , ...

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Old 12th May 2016, 21:22
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I seem to remember watching it, with the other flying sqns en-masse, in the station cinema at Laarbruch?
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Old 12th May 2016, 21:26
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I remember going to Lincoln to watch it one black flag afternoon on BFTS. We bought the soundtrack on cassette for the drive home and nearly killed ourselves on the A15.
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As ex Lightning, F15, Rhino and Tornado pilot my view was: great photography and music, otherwise rubbish. The F14 at that time was not close to being a dog-fighting vehicle.
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Old 12th May 2016, 21:38
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The air-to-air shots when they were at Top Gun were brilliantly done. The fly-bys were as girlish as you might expect from the Navy, but still entertaining. The plot and the way the crews were portrayed were absolutely cringingely awful.
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Old 12th May 2016, 22:21
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Originally Posted by Courtney Mil View Post
The air-to-air shots when they were at Top Gun were brilliantly done. The fly-bys were as girlish as you might expect from the Navy, but still entertaining. The plot and the way the crews were portrayed were absolutely cringingely awful.
See a little bit of yourself in there did you Courtney? Which one, Maverick, Slider, Iceman, Kelly McG?
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Old 12th May 2016, 22:23
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One of the best movies ever - and, one of the worse !!
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Old 12th May 2016, 22:34
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The F14 at that time was not close to being a dog-fighting vehicle.
30 years from now, I wonder if the same comment will be made about Top Gun II featuring the F-35C...
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Old 13th May 2016, 01:23
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I actually enjoyed the film as a bit of entertainment and not worry to much about the detail. What concerns me is that the film is 30 years old and I am 30 years older. Where did the time go?
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I saw the movie 30 years ago. At the time, I was playing "F15" in my Commodore64, so I could explain to my fellow classmates (I was 10 at the time) about the HUD simbology, Sidewinder missiles and so on.

Later in my life, I realized Top Gun was a gay movie:
How did Top Gun become so gay?

Still, I like the Mig 28s and F14s...

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Old 13th May 2016, 03:06
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Background Noise, Although not aircrew or invited, I can remember all aircrew attending that performance at Laarbruch by order of the CO.

Mind when I signed on the dotted line in 1965 I went and watched 633 Sqn at the cinema in the afternoon. I can recall being the proudest person there.
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The use of F-5s (?) as MiG stand-ins always annoyed me.
Especially as they had a couple of the real things at Nellis which could have been borrowed at the time! (I jest).
Agree - it was so bad - it went right out the other side of bad and became good.
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Old 13th May 2016, 04:22
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First movie I ever went to with my dad (just the two of us - the old Latvian didn't go to the "movie house' often) . I was a senior at UW Madison, AFROTC, and soon to attend UPT at Willie. He probably doesn't remember it, but I never will forget it.
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Old 13th May 2016, 04:36
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The 9 minute version

A story I heard from one squadron at the time, was their 9 minute version made it much more interesting ... of just the flying sequences
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Old 13th May 2016, 07:48
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Originally Posted by Courtney Mil
The air-to-air shots when they were at Top Gun were brilliantly done. The fly-bys were as girlish as you might expect from the Navy, but still entertaining. The plot and the way the crews were portrayed were absolutely cringingely awful.

Agree with that CM.


The film just proved to me that fighter pilots talk bollocks.
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Old 13th May 2016, 08:41
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I was at university in Birmingham at the time and one of my friends who was in the UAS went to see it on 6 consecutive nights.

He never made it into the RAF but I believe he is now a Long Haul captain in BA.
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Old 13th May 2016, 08:47
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And don't forget its biggest legacy: enabling the tabloid press to label any fighter pilot as a Top Gun for the last thirty years.
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Old 13th May 2016, 09:13
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I watched it in '86 and was a Ab-Initio OCU stude at the time.

It made the film company millions of $$
It made Ray Ban shades millions of $$
It made Tom Cruise:
It made a whole load of BritMil aviators envious of US military aviation.
Lots of (female) school teachers & nurses became pilot groupies overnight.
Contrary to the bad press above - everyone went to see it.

The music is to this day awesome
Huge white Y fronts never were cool
Kelly McG isn't a patch on Susannah York

For me; the plot speared in when a Pilot cried for a Nav in public..
and I prefer 'Flight of the Intruder'; but then I can relate to a maverick (pardon the pun) pilot.

I dare say that military recruitment on both sides of the pond benefitted.
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Old 13th May 2016, 09:40
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I saw the Australian version of the stage play during my four years as a controller at RAAF Williamtown so I gave the movie version a miss.

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Old 13th May 2016, 09:50
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I first saw it projected in the ante-room of the mess at Bruggen at the end of a very boozy weekend landaway. The sound failed half-way through and I received something of a mixed reception when I started doing the sound effects. Shortly afterwards I insisted on Mrs 99 watching it at our holiday hotel in Corfu; she then lay awake all night because the navigator had died - oops!
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