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This Book Tells the Inside Story of 'Top Gun' and the Famous F-14 Tomcat

Dario Leone

Dario Leone

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This Book Tells the Inside Story of 'Top Gun' and the Famous F-14 Tomcat

An old U.S. Navy commercial claimed, “Navy: it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.”

Dave “Bio” Baranek was one who personally turned the slogan into reality.

Bio in fact spent twenty years in the United States Navy, with assignments to F-14 Tomcatsquadrons and the elite Topgun training program being some highlights of his career.

In 2010 Bio decided to make an outstanding gift to the aviation geeks worldwide when, publishing his first book Topgun Days: Dogfighting, Cheating Death and Hollywood Glory as One of America’s Best Fighter Jocks, he revealed the adrenaline experienced by U.S. Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) during their day to day life in a Fleet Squadron.

As described in the chapter “Rocket Rider,” on Dec. 19, 1981 Bio experienced one of the most exciting moments of his 3 ½ year assignment to Fighter Squadron (VF) 24 Fighting Renegades. On that day he and Commander Bill Switzer (then VF-24 Commanding Officer, CO) were scheduled to fly a series of 2v2 radar intercepts, F-14 Tomcats against A-7 Corsairs. Baranek and Switzer completed their mission and at 5:15 PM were ready to land aboard their aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64), sailing in the Indian Ocean.

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