TOPGUN DAYS - DOGFIGHTING, CHEATING DEATH, AND HOLLYWOOD GLORY AS ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST FIGHTER JOCKS
by Dave "Bio" Baranek
Hardcover, 320 pages, more than 50 color photos
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Strap yourself into Navy fighter jets and feel the rush caused by roaring afterburners, supersonic shockwaves, intense G-forces, and Hollywood glamour. You know you’ll enjoy the ride! Topgun Days not only explains what it’s like to be a Radar Intercept Officer in the mighty F-14 Tomcat and then to assume the responsibilities of a TOPGUN instructor, it also offers the behind-the-scenes story of one of America’s favorite movies, “Top Gun.” Written by Dave “Bio” Baranek – who lived it!
Bio was one of 451 young men to become a Naval Flight Officer in 1980, but he was the only one from that group to become an instructor at Topgun, the Navy’s elite Fighter Weapons School. When Hollywood came knocking on his door, Bio assisted them with the making of Top Gun, which earned $353 million and helped make Tom Cruise into a superstar. What followed was a whirlwind of gala premiers, celebrity sightings, and of course, exhilarating adventures in the sky!
Bio’s book describes his experiences as a regular guy thrown into the crazy world of fame and movies, and the daring, hot-shot moves that got him into Topgun in the first place! Bio’s unbelievable book describes:
• Face-offs in the air at 700 MPH.
• The Cold War -- aerial missions to intercept Soviet bomber threats to the U.S. Navy.
• Life-or-death adventure -- how he survived a split-second ejection from a crashing F-14.
• The commitment required to become an instructor at the world-famous TOPGUN school, and the routinely exciting flying that came with the job.
• The first few takes of some of the scenes in “Top Gun” that had to be completely redone because they were inaccurate or improbable.
• A glossary of flight terms and important Topgun information.
These hardcover editions of Topgun Days can be signed by the author. Please allow two weeks for delivery.
One: Faceoff at 700 MPH
Two: Joining the Fighting Renegades
Three: A Pulse Pounding Carrier Landing
Four: Fight’s On
Five: Rocket Rider
Six: The Topgun Way
Seven: Wild Card Bogeys
Eight: Gunboat Diplomacy in a Jet Fighter
Nine: Murder Board
Ten: Our Toughest Fights
Eleven: Preparing for Combat
Twelve: Hollywood Comes to Miramar
Thirteen: Make-Believe Turns Real
Fourteen: Waiting for the Cork to Pop
Fifteen: Top Gun Becomes a Blockbuster
Sixteen: Changing of the Guard
“Intel Briefs” explain more technical aspects of Naval Aviation:
What’s In a Name (definition of “Naval Aviator” and types of Naval Flight Officers)
Why the F-14 Had a RIO (F-14’s design and mission)
Training for Aerial Combat Without Paintball Missiles (simulating shots in dogfight training)
Simulating Enemy Aircraft (overview of the A-4 and F-5 as adversary aircraft and comparison to the F-14)
Topgun’s Origin and Mission