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The “Real” Top Gun School

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Top Gun the movie was based on an actual flight school named U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School or TOPGUN, which used to be based at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. The school was founded in the later part of the 1960s as a way to combat losing the air war in Vietnam. Because of base realignments and closures, TOPGUN was relocated to Fallon, Nevada in 1996, and subsequently renamed the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor.

The hilarious note: If ever a staffer quotes or references the movie Top Gun, the school fines them five dollars! So students there have to refrain from Iceman jokes or screaming the lyrics,”You never close your eyes anymore / when I kiss your lips” or else they owe the dough.