US Navy Fines Fighter Pilots If They Quote Top Gun While Training
Sorry, Goose, but if you planned on joining the US Navy as an excuse to say Top Gun quotes to everyone, I’ve got bad news for you.
I’d inform you of the bad news, but if I told you, I’d have to kill you – but I’ll tell you anyway.
Apparently if you have the need for speed and are part of the US Navy’s tactical air combat training centre (aka TOPGUN) and you have the need to say one of Tom Cruise’s quotes, you’ll be fined $5 if you’re caught.
The fines aren’t being dished out because the quotes are corny as hell or because everyone is tired of hearing them; it’s apparently because its seen as unprofessional.
Former fighter pilot and TOPGUN instructor Cmdr. Guy ‘Bus’ Snodgrass reveals all this in his new book TOPGUN’s Top 10: Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit.
While Snodgrass admits that the 1986 movie is ‘ingrained’ in fighter pilot culture, the quotes don’t go down well at the training centre.
When you get to TOPGUN, because it is such a professional organization and you want to emphasize that you are at the top of your game, that it’s about professionalism, about good leadership, you don’t turn TOPGUN into a joke by referencing the movie.
[…] It is a part of our bylaws that if someone overtly references the movie — it could be a direct quote, it could be something that is really close to a direct quote — that’s an automatic $5 fine. And it’s enforced. And you are expected to pay right then. You pull out your wallet and pay the $5.
Speaking to Insider about the unusual bylaw, he said that most people end up being fined for it ‘at some point’. He wouldn’t tell them his favourite quote though – it must be classified…
He also admitted that Top Gun actually played a part in igniting his love for aviation, and I’m sure he’s not the only pilot to have been inspired by it.
He told the online publication:
I think that’s where my real true initial love for naval aviation started. I loved the flying scenes. It was exciting. I felt myself going, ‘Man, if I could ever do that, it would be a dream come true.’
The Top Gun movie had such an impact on most of our lives.
Top Gun: Maverick is set to drop next year.
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