The history of United Naval Aviation hits a milestone this year, with the program turning 100 years old! The brave pilots of the program, depicted in the iconic Tom Cruise movie Top Gun, are justifiably proud in celebrating the centennial of service to the country. These men and women fly not only the air-to-air fighter aircraft like those depicted in Top Gun, but also support military and humanitarian efforts throughout the globe whether through security, transport, or training.
Many writers have pointed to how Top Gun figures into the rich history of Naval Aviation, pointing out the immense skill and courage of the pilots. The movie also clarified the role of the Navy in combat aviation – which many people believe is the sole providence of Air Force commands worldwide.
We think Tom’s character – Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell – would not so politely disagree with that sentiment ;).
Fans of Naval Aviation can catch up with all the news of the Centennial Celebration at the official U.S. Navy site. Meanwhile, fans of Top Gun don’t need to call into the tower for permission to fly by. Just pick up a copy of the Top Gun DVD and the memories – and dogfights – are yours to keep. Take a look below for details:
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