Right from the start, TOPGUN taught students to appreciate not only their own aircraft and weapons but also those of their adversaries. The F-5 Tiger II continues to be a useful “red air” platform for TOPGUN and fleet adversary squadrons.
By Commander Christopher “Pops” Papaioanu, U.S. Navy, and Mr. Brad Elward
Mr. Elward is a retired appellate attorney who works as a freelance military aviation author and correspondent for Combat Aircraft magazine. He is writing a 50-year history of TOPGUN to be published in 2020.