It was a pretty good film. Homo-eroticism aside. (Sensitive souls may want to skip that link.)
It was a really great school.
ADM Rat Willard was a part of all of it. Except the ghey bits.
Willard, nicknamed ‘Rat’ by his Navy colleagues, to help you identify, was the pilot in the black helmet flying the fictional MiG-28 during the dogfight that so easily made Tom Cruise the action star he is today. The helmet still sits under a glass box in his office, reminding him of “his claim to fame.” Cruise, the Lt Pete Mitchell in the movie, was identified by the nickname ‘Maverick’ that also featured Val Kilmer as Lt Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky.
“It has been 22 years. I had the unique opportunity to be involved in the making of the movie because I was the executive officer of the Navy Fighter Weapon School, nicknamed TOPGUN. I was responsible for all of the flying coordination and I flew almost every flight in that, including the A-4 Skyhawk,” says Willard.
Not, you know: That there’s anything wrong with that.
We never shot any movies while I was the XO of TOPGUN.
Prolly too hetro for Hollywood.