By the time I saw the film “Top Gun,” I had met two or three graduates of the U.S. Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, which had inspired the title. I was impressed by each of them for their sober demeanor, no nonsense approach to flying and professionalism. The movie struck me as Hollywood’s attempt to ratchet up the sex appeal for one segment of the audience, and the machoism for another. The movie was all wrong. A few years after I retired from a flying career in the ...

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