Three U.S. Navy F-5 Tiger II adversary aircraft in flight

TOPGUN’s Impact

By Commander Christopher “Pops” Papaioanu, U.S. Navy, and Mr. Brad Elward
September 2019
From 1969 to 2019, TOPGUN has remained laser focused on naval aviation’s mission.
TOPGUN staff in front of a two-seat F-16N at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada

Junior Officers: TOPGUN’s Foundation

By Captain Kevin “Proton” McLaughlin and Lieutenant Commander Graham “Heed” Scarbro, U.S. Navy
September 2019
The junior officers who comprise the TOPGUN staff remain its heart and engine in the half-century since it was first stood up.
Captain Frank Ault climbing out of a cockput
Four Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) F-5s cruise above Southern California on the way to an early morning showdown with some F-14 Tomcats.