I will go ahead and assume that if you are a Chicken Wings fan and tuning in weekly, you will have also seen the new Top Gun movie already. We both absolutely loved it! Not sure if they catered exactly to our generation or what exactly it was, but I for one was ready for a good old fashion flying movie and this one delivered.
Of course the experienced aviator must bear in mind that this is still Hollywood. I bet some Hollywood guy thumbed through a glossary of a jet aerodynamics book and/or was handed the ASA book “Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators” while prepping for this movie and thought “coffin corner” is a really cool name, let’s use it, HAHA. In the real world, as you can imagine, it has nothing to do with cresting a mountain peak upside-down pulling 8+ G with anti-aircraft guns pointing at you. Granted, the real coffin corner could potentially kill you just as much. I will not get into the exact definition here (google is your friend), just know it is neither and issue on a Cessna 172 nor a Twin Otter. But if Chuck wants to apply for the regional airlines, he better look up the term because it is a standard interview question.
Other things they got exactly right in the movie. My air force ground crew buddies tell me, the way and sequence they fired up the start cart to start the F-14 would actually start the aircraft. Obviously, they did a lot of research. And you can see on their faces, that the G’s they’re pulling are real G’s, HAHA!
What else did you find that wasn’t accurate? And did you guys like the movie?
I feel the inaccuracies help us because it is more potential material for Chuck and Roost Air, lol.