"Top Gun" Trivia

Top Gun-The Movie

Val Kilmer did not want to be in this film, but was forced to by contractual obligations.

Anthony Edwards, Michael Ironside, and Rick Rossovich all went on to roles in the ER tv series. Edwards: Dr. Mark Green, Ironside: Dr. William “Wild Willy” Swift, Rossovich: Dr. John “Tag” Taglieri.

During the final furball, Stinger orders, “Ready Willard and Simkin on cats 3 and 4” – a reference to dogfight choreographer “Rat” Willard and casting director Marge Simkin.

In several locker scenes, one of the lockers is labeled as belonging to “TEX”. This is the call sign for one of the top gun instructors and MiG pilots that worked on the film, Lt. William ‘Tex’ Spence.

Charlie’s “older man” date at the oak club was actually a teacher at Top Gun at the time. He was the consultant on the film.

The piano scene and the final bar/jukebox scene were shot in a San Diego restaurant called Kansas City BBQ, at the corner of Kettner Blvd and W. Harbor Drive. The restaurant now houses many props and memorabilia from the film, including the jukebox and Maverick’s flight helmet sits behind the bar in a locked display case.

Stunt pilot Art Scholl died when his plane crashed on 16 September 1985 while he was performing the “flat spin” shown in the movie.

Putin Says- "Pimp My MiG"

Technically, “Pimp my Sukhoi”. On November 25, 2007, the Russian Air Force accepted it’s first batch of upgraded Sukhoi-24 fighter bombers. The Su-25 is the Soviet response to the American F-111. Having been in service for 32 years, it now sports the latest electronics and gadgets. Flat screen instruments, GPS and smart bombs are just some of the improvements.

While the upgraded Sukhoi is another step in Russian President Putin’s path to making Russia a military superpower again, it also gives credence to another concern in the West. Take a look at this MiG-25.To prevent capture or destruction during Desert Storm, the Iraqis buried this MiG-25. Designed in the 1960’s it was long feared as a “premier” fighter. It has since been reduced to an airborne target for Western fighters. Or so we thought. The MiG pictured in the picture above looks like a MiG-25 but it has been “pimped” as well. Old on the outside, everything inside is new. Electronics, engines, weapons. All courtesy of the French. This gives rise to speculation about how helpful the French have been.

Consider the plight of the Iranian F-14 Tomcats. Back in the 1970’s the U.S. sold a bunch of Tomcats to the Shah of Iran. He was deposed and the planes fell into the hands of the Mullahs. Rumors abound of how the American technicians sabotaged the weapon systems before they were kicked out of the country. Coupled with a parts embargo by the U.S. this reduced the Iranian F-14 fleet to museum pieces. The last time they were used in combat was during the Iran/Iraq war of 1980 and even then they were used as airborne controllers rather than weapons.
In light of the upgrade of the Sukhoi and the story of the “Buried MiG”, a question has to asked. Have the Iranians upgraded their Tomcats? Intelligence estimates are still guarded. A F-14 “pimped” by the French (or Russians) poses a real challenge to the U.S. and her allies.