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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Topgun Days: Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory as One of America's Best Fighter Jocks

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Dave Baranek (callsign "Bio") was one of 451 young men to receive his Wings of Gold in 1980 as a naval flight officer. Four years later, seasoned by intense training and deployments in the tense confrontations of the cold war, he became the only one of that initial group to rise to become an instructor at the navy's elite Fighter Weapons School. As a Topgun instructor, Bio was responsible for teaching the navy's and Marine Corps's best fighter pilots how to be even better. He schooled them in the classroom and then went head-to-head with them in the skies. Then, in August 1985, Bio was assigned to combine his day-to-day flight duties with participation in a Pentagon-blessed project to film action footage for a major Hollywood movie focusing on the lives, loves, heartbreaks, and triumphs of young fighter pilots: Top Gun. Bio soon found himself riding in limousines to attend gala premieres, and being singled out by giggling teenagers and awed schoolboys who recognized the name "Topgun" on his T-shirts. The book ends with his reflections on his career as a skilled naval aviator and his enduring love of flight.

Table of Contents

Faceoff at 700 MPH — Joining the fighting renegades — A pulse-pounding carrier landing — Fight's on — Rocket rider — The topgun way — Wild card bogeys — Gunboat diplomacy in a jet fighter — Murder board — Our toughest fights — Preparing for combat — Hollywood comes to Miramar — Make-believe turns real — Waiting for the cork to pop — Top Gun becomes a blockbuster — Changing of the guard.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781122830034
Subtitle:
Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory as One of America's Best Fighter Jocks
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Author:
Baranek, Dave "Bio"
Subject:
Military
Subject:
United States - Officers
Subject:
Fighter pilots -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Military
Subject:
Military-US Aviation
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100601
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
308

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