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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Origins of Topgun

    The Navy Fighter Weapons School, the official name for Topgun, was created in response to the poor performance of U.S. Navy fighters and their missiles in the first few years of the air war over North Vietnam. When the Navy compared its...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The F-14 Tomcat Sharpens Its Claws at Topgun

    A former Topgun instructor describes a typical combat training mission during his time at the Navy Fighter Weapons School. In September 1982 I was one of eight students being briefed in a classroom at the Navy Fighter Weapons School at...