Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr., and was inspired by an article titled "Top Guns" published in California magazine three years earlier. The film stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier . He and his Radar Intercept Officer, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (Edwards) are given the chance to train at the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.
United States Naval Aviator LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell and his Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) LTJG Nick "Goose" Bradshaw are stationed aboard the , from which they fly the F-14A Tomcat. During an interception with two hostile MiG-28 aircraft, Maverick gets missile lock on one, while the other hostile aircraft locks onto Maverick's wingman, Cougar. While Maverick drives off the remaining MiG-28, Cougar is too shaken to land, and Maverick, defying orders, shepherds him back to the carrier. Cougar gives up his wings, citing his newborn child that he has never seen. Despite his dislike for Maverick's recklessness, CAG "Stinger" sends him and Goose to attend TOPGUN, the Naval Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar.
|author||Jack Epps, Jr. Jim Cash|
|award||National Film Registry|
|editor||Billy Weber Chris Lebenzon|
|keywords||a-4 air battle aircraft canopy aircraft catapult astrophysicist astrophysics catapult classify dog tags douglas a-4 skyhawk eject ejection seat f-14a tomcat flameout flat spin fly graduation party grumman f-14 tomcat jet wash kill learn lieutenant lt ltjg naval air station miramar outnumber radar intercept officer rescue rule of engagement rules of engagement serve spin topgun train united states naval aviator wake turbulence wing wings of gold|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Sound Editing Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing|
|producer||Don Simpson Jerry Bruckheimer|
|productionCompany||Don Simpson Jerry Bruckheimer|
|theme||3d action drama|