Returning to original childhood aerial thrills Tom Cruise delivered in the original Top Gun

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Stick up your thumb if you really hope people forget you made a Mummy movie.

In 1986 I was a 14-year-old who’d only lived on Air Force bases my entire life, yet I’d never given a second’s thought to becoming a pilot until Top Gun arrived in theaters that May. Tom Cruise was at his coolest as fighter pilot Maverick, and he and his buddies like Iceman, Goose and Mustang made serving in the military not only look patriotic and exciting, but damn fun.

My Air Force major

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