Advert

Pilot’s Harrowing Last Words As He Died While Filming Top Gun

Published 
| Last updated 

Pilot’s Harrowing Last Words As He Died While Filming Top Gun

The harrowing last words of the pilot who died while filming Top Gun have been revealed. 

With Tom Cruise’s anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick just around the corner, many people have been rewatching the original in the run-up to its release. 

And one detail they’ve noticed is the fact that the 1986 flick is dedicated to a man named Art Scholl. 

Advert

For those not in the know, Scholl was an infamous aerobatic pilot who performed daring stunts for a range of movies and TV shows over his career. 

But his life was tragically cut short while filming an ambitious stunt scene for Top Gun.

Art Scholl tragically lost his life while filming for the original Top Gun. Credit: State Library and Archives of Florida
Art Scholl tragically lost his life while filming for the original Top Gun. Credit: State Library and Archives of Florida

Scholl’s Pitts S-2 camera plane failed to recover from a flat spin and plunged into the Pacific Ocean, killing the pilot at the age of 54.

Advert

As revealed by YouTube page Movie Logic, his heartbreaking last words over the radio were, “I have a problem… I have a real problem.”

The exact cause of the crash remains a mystery to this day, and neither the plane nor Scholl’s remains were ever recovered. 

But his memory lived on in the release of the film, with many of its action sequences attributed to the stuntman’s work. 

When the news broke that a Top Gun sequel was in the works, Scholl’s wife Judy opened up about the life and death of her husband.

Advert

Loading…

Speaking to the MailOnline at the time, she said: “Art was a great pilot and a great showman. But he was very calculating and prepared constantly. He was a triple type A personality.

“He had energy that wouldn't end and he was very fun to be with – but he was very focused. He took his work very seriously. He planned carefully – he wouldn't go out and break rules or anything. So on Top Gun I just don't know what happened.”

Judy, who is also a pilot, continued: “It was a massive shock to me. A lot of people in the industry and in aviation in general were surprised. He was relatively young to die.

Advert

“Fortunately he jammed a whole bunch of stuff into his life with air shows and competitions and movies and teaching but his death was a shock.”

She explained that the incident understandably had a devastating impact on her family, including the two sons she shared with Scholl. 

Top Gun is dedicated to the iconic aerobatic pilot. Credit: Paramount Pictures
Top Gun is dedicated to the iconic aerobatic pilot. Credit: Paramount Pictures

Despite the heartbreaking blow, Judy said she wasn’t angry and even turned down opportunities to sue the producers – and she remains a fan of the franchise to this day. 

Advert

“They've been talking about Top Gun 2 for several years now so I'm pleased its finally getting there,” she concluded. “I'll watch the movie when it comes out.”

Top Gun: Maverick hits cinemas on 25 May.

If you have a story you want to tell, send it to UNILAD via [email protected]  

Featured Image Credit: Art Scholl Aviation/Paramount

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV

Daisy Phillipson
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

News

Driver Of Texas Truck Containing 53 Dead Migrants Could Face Death Penalty

4 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Celebrity

Machine Gun Kelly Shares Bloody Photos With Fans After Smashing Glass On His Face

an hour ago