The Top Gun program’s founder, Captain Dan Pedersen, discusses the origins of the Naval Weapons Fighter School. In the subsequent Q&A, we are joined by Top Gun graduates, Vice Adm. Walter E. “Ted” (Slapshot) Carter, USN (Ret.), and Vice Adm. Thomas (Killer) Kilcline, USN (Ret.).
This is a powerful insider’s account of an important and uniquely American institution, Top Gun, the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School. The author, Captain Dan Pedersen (USN) was the first officer in charge of Top Gun, establishing it with his hand selected eight naval aviators and naval flight officers—the “Bros.” What makes this an American