Top Gun filming locations

As Maverick (Tom Cruise) dons his pilot's outfit for a second flight, discover the filming locations of the first movie released in 1986.

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Pete Mitchell, from his nickname “Maverick”, a pilot with a “mad dog” temperament, joins the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, also called “Top Gun”.

Top Gun Base

Based on a story about the life of students at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Top Gun was partly shot on location, in perfectly authentic settings. Renamed Naval Air Station Miramar on screen, the base has never recovered from the immense success of the feature movie. This air base located in San Diego is one of the most important in the western United States. It has been active since 1917. Known to the general public as the backdrop for Tony Scott’s Top Gun, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar hosted several Carrier Air Wing Reserve Thirty air squadrons between 1970 and 1994.

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Charlie’s House

Charlotte Blackwood, aka Charlie (Kelly McGillis) lives by the sea in this charming Victorian style house. This is where her romance with hothead Pete “Maverick” Mitchell comes into its own. The place where a cult movie of the 1980s was shot. Formerly known as Graves House, this 1882 wooden house gained worldwide fame after being used as the filming location for the movie Top Gun. The house of Charlie, the character played by Kelly McGillis, has been built at 102 South Pacific in Oceanside, near San Diego. However, it was moved to 102 North Pacific Street while a large hotel complex was being built. It was later returned to its original location within the hotel as a true monument to pop culture. A construction site that gave the opportunity to the promoters to order a well-deserved renovation of the one called since 1986 the Top Gun House. The project plans to transform it into an ice cream store.

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Aerial maneuvers

Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer) and Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) are battling several enemy aircraft. Forced to fight two against six, the pilots multiplied their daring maneuvers and won. Most of the spectacular aerial combat scenes in Top Gun were shot over the Naval Air Station in Nevada. Located near Fallon in the state of Nevada, this air base gained worldwide notoriety thanks to the movie Top Gun. The first air-to-air and ground-to-air training center for the U.S. Navy, Fallon AFB was established in 1942 as part of the defense of the West Coast against a Japanese attack that had been feared since the beginning of World War II.

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Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer) and Ron “Slider” Kerner (Rick Rossovitch) are awarded the Top Gun cup at the graduation ceremony. Nevertheless, they don’t have time to enjoy their victory. Quickly called on a mission, they embark on the USS Enterprise. Inaugurated in 1917, this naval base is one of the main ones on the West Coast of the United States. It is an integral part of the Coronado Naval Base. The airfield at the naval base has more than 230 aircraft while two aircraft carriers anchor in its waters, the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

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Goose (Anthony Edwards) sits down at the piano of his favorite bar to sing, to the delight of his friends, a fiery cover of Jerry Lee Lewis’ Great Balls Of Fire. The same bar where the legendary conclusion of Top Gun takes place. BBQ Kansas City, a restaurant specializing in barbecue, had only been open for two years when Tony Scott and the Top Gun location teams crossed the threshold. The owner is delighted to be able to turn her restaurant into a film location for two key scenes. Opened in 1983, this bar, well known to locals and tourists alike, offers generous dishes in a family atmosphere, in a setting almost exclusively dedicated to the movie Top Gun.

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By Gilles Rolland

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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