Original Top Gun Dale "Snort" Snodgrass flew for the movie, and has flown >4800 hours in the F14 Tomcat. This photo: "Lets Buzz the Tower", was snapped during a 1988 Airshow as he whipped his jet past the USS America.
On January 4, 1989 two US Navy F-14’s shot down two Libyan MiG-23’s. The Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi had drawn a ‘line of death’ in the Gulf of Sidra and declared that anyone crossing it would suffer the consequences. Tensions were already high between the US and Libya as US officials had confronted Libya with accusations of constructing a chemical weapons plant near their capital city Tripoli.