GE Aviation Lecture

Top Gun Then and Now

This event has been postponed, and will not occur on Aug. 10. Please check back for updates.


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UPDATE: July 26

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dale "Snort" Snodgrass, a legendary F-14 pilot and friend to members of our staff, who died in an accident this past weekend. Out of respect for Dale and his family, we are therefore postponing this discussion that was to include Dale as a main panelist. We will provide updates on this site and our social media. Please join us in offering your thoughts to Dale's family at this difficult time. Thank you for your understanding. 

Thirty-five years ago, Top Gun brought the thrill and danger of naval jet aviation to the big screen, and its second installment Maverick will make its premiere later this year. Tune in on YouTube on August 10 at 8 pm ET as we explore the impact of both movies, the evolution of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (aka Top Gun) and naval aviation, and what’s coming next.

Top Gun alumnus (and Museum acting director) Chris Browne will be joined in conversation by Dan Pedersen, co-founder of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School; Dale “Snort” Snodgrass, Top Gun alumnus and high-time F-14 pilot; and Lt. Briana Plohocky, U.S. Navy pilot and recent Top Gun graduate.

This program will be presented live on YouTube with live closed captioning. 

The GE Aviation Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of GE Aviation.

Can't wait for the lecture? Check out a recent episode of our AirSpace podcast, exploring how the US military works with filmmakers on movies featuring flying service members, like Top Gun, and how the military leans into their role as supporting players on the silver screen. Listen to Danger Zone.