Top Gun Day

Top Gun Day is observed next on Saturday, May 13th, 2023 (312 days from today).

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Top Gun is a movie released in 1986 in the US. It is a romantic military action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in partnership with Paramount Pictures. Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr., wrote the screenplay inspired by an article with the title named “Top Guns” in California Magazine three years earlier with Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Tom Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young Navy pilot aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. Both are Radar Interceptors Nick “Goose” Bradshaw as Edwards was given the opportunity to train at the Naval Fighter Weapons School at Miramar in San Diego.

History of Top Gun Day

Top Gun Day celebrates the movie, but at its core it's all about attitude. It teaches the importance of teamwork… and shirtless volleyball. So how will you come on the highway to the danger zone? Begin by reliving the adventures of Goose, Maverick, and Iceman. Go to a karaoke bar and sing "She's Lost that Loving Feeling" and "Take My Breath Away." Why not try playing a little volleyball yourself. Of course, going topless is optional. Download some Kenny Logs and blast the “Danger Zone” out of your car window as loud as possible.

Karaoke may not be your favorite thing and the weather isn't good enough for sports. You can still find other ways to enjoy your vacation. You can use a lot of valuable lines. For example, you can ask your friends permission to buzz the tower. If they say no, do it anyway. If they ask YOU to vibrate the tower, be sure to say “Negative ghost rider, sample is full,” mentally prepare yourself for them to vibrate you anyway. Tell everyone you see that you have a need, a need for speed.

Host a Top Gun party. Invite everyone to dress up like the character and play the Top Gun quiz game before going to the movie. Let take both a pair of dark aviator glasses and an old leather jacket. For an extra challenge, try to find a pair of overalls to transform into a flight suit! You could even make it a dual feature with some of the other jet fighter movies of the time, like the lesser known Iron Eagle, which actually came out a few months BEFORE the Gun Feast.

There are also two Top Gun video games available now. The first was simply named Top Gun and was released for iOS devices by Freeverse Software. The second is called Top Gun: Hardlock, which comes from 505 Games and is able to play on PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

How to celebrate Top Gun Day

The best way to celebrate Top Gun Day is watching a movie. Sing the song "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" originally released by The Ri Right Brothers in 1964. Top Gun Day revived 22 years after it was published in 1986, which means the song has been popular in Top Gun longer than it has been famous in its own right. People can use the hashtag #TopGunDay to share their thoughts and spread this day on social media to everyone in the world.

Observed

Top Gun Day has been observed annually on May 13th.

Dates

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Saturday, May 13th, 2023

Monday, May 13th, 2024

Tuesday, May 13th, 2025

Hashtag

#TopGunDay

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