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Topgun

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‘Top Gun’ became a household name with the worldwide success of the film of the same title. The 1986 blockbuster starring Tom Cruise as a hotshot U.S. Navy fighter pilot was so popular (drawing $356 million worldwide) that recruiters set up desks in theatres that were showing it, looking to attract the next generation of combat aviators. The movie did for Navy pilots what ‘The Right Stuff’ did for astronauts. With the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the real TOPGUN – as the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons programme was known – approaching in 2019, and with Jerry Bruckheimer’s sequel set to shoot next year, this is the time to publish the real story of the actual risk takers, disruptors, and innovators who revolutionised the art of aerial combat and created the centre for excellence and incubator of leadership that thrives to this day.

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DISCOVER THE EXHILARATING TRUE STORY BEHIND THE ACTION-PACKED CLASSIC FILM

‘GOOSE AND MAVERICK MOVE OVER . . .’ Admiral James Stavridis
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March 1969.

American jets are getting shot down at an unprecedented rate over Vietnam. In an urgent effort to regain the advantage the Admirals turn to a young naval aviator called Dan Pedersen.

Officially, the programme he set up was called the US Navy Fighter Weapons School. To everyone else it was known simply as TOPGUN.

Pedersen’s hand-picked team of instructors – the Original Eight – were the best of the best. Together, they revolutionised aerial warfare and rediscovered the lost art of fighter combat.

This is the extraordinary, thrilling story of how TOPGUN saw America reclaim the skies, by the man who created it.
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‘It’s hard to read Dan Pederson’s Topgun and not think of Tom Cruise. A pleasure to read’ Wall Street Journal

‘Direct, vivid and unvarnished. A high-flying, supersonic tale’ Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers

‘Topgun earned Dan Pedersen the title of American Hero’ Washington Times

‘A riveting seat-of-the-pants flight into the lethal world of the fighter pilot’ Dan Hampton, author of Viper Pilot

Additional information

Weight 0.247 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xiv, 304 , 16 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

358.435 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K