It should come as no surprise that I only watched the movie Top Gun for the airplanes. In fact, even if the movie had no plot and only consisted of fighter planes zipping around the sky for 90 minutes, I’d still watch it. So, when I was given the opportunity to review the book, Top Gun Days: Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory as One of America’s Best Fighter Jocks by Dave “Bio” Baranek, of course I jumped at it.
And trust me, this book completely fulfilled my every expectation. The book follows Baranek throughout his career: from his start as a Navy pilot through his stints teaching other pilots at the esteemed TOPGUN training school. It even details his involvement in Top Gun, the movie.
This book is full of fighter pilot lingo and cool details, and is an absolute must-read for airplane nuts like myself. Let’s put it this way, if you go to an air show every year and can’t drive near an airport because you spend more time looking up at the sky than watching the road, then this book is for you! Actually, if you loved the movie and want more information from the real deal, then you’ll also love this book!