• "Topgun Days” with Author Dave “Bio” Baranek

"Topgun Days” with Author Dave “Bio” Baranek

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 11:45am
Lecture / Presentation
William M. Allen Theater

Dave “Bio” Baranek enjoyed a successful, 20-year career in the Navy, starting with assignments to F-14 Tomcat squadrons and the elite Topgun training program, and later assignment to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. 7th Fleet. At one point he commanded an F-14 Tomcat fighter squadron, responsible for nearly 300 people and 14 aircraft worth about $700 million.

While serving as a Topgun air-to-air combat instructor in 1985, he had the unusual experience of flying aerial sequences used in the film "Top Gun.” He also served as a dialogue advisor on the project, and took some of the few available photographs of the movie's black F-5 fighters in flight. His book “Topgun Days” is a vivid account of flying with the best of the best. Baranek will also be available to meet outside during the Museum's Jet Blast Bash festival Aug. 1-2.