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USA: F-8E Crusader pilots often referred to themselves as Top Guns during the Vietnam War. Here, a Crusader of All Weather Fighter Squadron 235 is loaded with 250-pound bombs and rockets for its next mission over Vietnam in April 1967. At the start of the war, A US jet would shoot down two enemy fighters before going down itself. After the Topgun program, that ratio soared to 24:1. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USNavy
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USA: The Navy???s top ace during World War II was Commander David McCampbell, an inspiration for the Topgun program. Here, Commander McCampbell poses in the cockpit of his F6F Hellcat on board USS Essex in October 1944. The Japanese flags below his fighter???s canopy rail signify twenty enemy planes he shot down. At war???s end he would tally a total of thirty-four Japanese planes shot down; receiving the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, amongst other decorations, as well as early Topgun acclaim.TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USNavy
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USA: During the Vietnam War, the Navy recognized the need for an advanced air-to-air tactical fighter unit. That unit became Topgun. Here, a catapult officer signals launch and an A-4 Skyhawk screams down the deck of an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea in March 1965. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USNavy
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USA: Top Gun's famous Grumman F-14 Tomcat is the first American military jet fighter to have twin tails. Its advanced weapons control system computer is capable of simultaneously tracking up to twenty-four targets. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USNavy
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USA: Lieutenant Colonel Dave Berke, USMC (Ret.), a Topgun student and, later, instructor.TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USNavy
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USA: Four fighter jets soar above the United States in close formation. Topgun continues to produce some of the world's most elite pilots. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USNavy
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USA: A Wildcat being lifted by elevator from the hangar deck to the flight deck in preparation for aerial operations. Zimmerman's book explores the rich history of American fighter pilots, as well as the film and the 1969 military school. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USNavy
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USA: The crowded flight deck of the USS Essex showing her squadrons of F6F Hellcat fighters and SBD scout bombers duting World War Two. Note the folded wings, a space-saving feature given the flight deck and hangar constraints on the aircraft carrier. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USNavy
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USA: The F-14 Tomcat became the Navy and Marine Corps??? top multirole air superiority aircraft in 1974. By the time it was retired from service in 2006, it was considered one of their greatest aircraft. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/NASA
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USA: Gervais Raoul Lufbery was one of America???s great aces in the war. As with so many of his contemporaries, he did not survive it. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/LibraryofCongress
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USA: Since the release of the 1986, many teenagers have dreamt of taking to the skies. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USAirForce
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USA: Zimmerman's book is a celebration of the US's aviation military history. Picture shows an F-15C Eagle fighter from the Oregon Air National Guard???s 123rd Fighter Squadron approaches in-flight refueling during a Red Flag exercise over the Nevada Test and Training RangeTOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USAirForce
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USA: Elite: Captain Joseph P. McConnell, USAF, the ace of aces in the Korean War in the cockpit of his F-86 Sabre, ??sBeauteous Butch II,??? based on his wife???s nickname. His sixteen victories are indicated by the stars painted on his plane???s fuselage. He was another inspiration for the Topgun program instructors. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USAirForce
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USA: Original Top Gun: With twenty-six aerial victories, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker was America???s ace of aces in World War I. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USAirForce
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USA: The Republic F-86 Sabre was America???s top jet fighter in the Korean War. Prior to that conflict, the military changed the World War II designation for fighters, ??sP??? for ??sPursuit,??? to ??sF??? for ??sFighter". The Us Air Force was a growing power and recognised across the world. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/USAirForce
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USA: Book cover. TOPGUN, the US Navy???s world-famous fighter unit which inspired one of the eighties most beloved films, turns FIFTY this year and is celebrated in a new book which is sure to take your breath away. ??sI feel the need??"the need for speed!??? The exploits of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Iceman (Val Kilmer), Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) was a staple of many childhoods with the elite fighter pilot blockbuster making over ?L275million worldwide at the box office. But although the film is a scintillating adrenaline-filled and emotionally-charged rollercoaster, which inspired multiple generations to take to the skies, the history of the ???Topgun??? military school stretches back way beyond the movie???s 1986 release date. Mediadrumimages/DJZimmerman/Motorbooks

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