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Originally posted by Delta 38
Top Gun was orignally created during the Vietnam War era. US pilots had not recieved as much dog fighting training as they required prior to Vietnam because the military had assumed the jet fighter age would lead air to air fights being conducted over longer ranges due to missles. This theory didn't work out in practice and the US to Vietnamese kill ratio was low. Many american pilots were losing dogfights to vietnamese pilots who were flying inferior older Migs. So Top Gun training was the Navy's answer to improve naval aviators dog fighting skills. The training helped greatly increase the US to Vietnamese kill ratio so the Navy kept the program going after the war. The US Air Force has a similar training program called Red Flag. But it covers more than just dog fighting tactics.
[edit on 17-6-2005 by Delta 38]
The Navy uses the F-16 in the adversary role at Top Gun, Here are a couple of pictures of the Navy F-16's taken at Nellis AFB last year. You can see NAVY on the spine of the F-16, and the TOP GUN emblem on the tail. Sorry for the quality they were far away.
Originally posted by Dr Love
- Contrary to popular belief, pilots cannot strap tape players to their leg and rock out while blowing things up.