Topgun Days – Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory as One of America's Best Fighter Jocks

Topgun Days
320 Pages
ISBN 1620871033

Topgun Days straps readers into the Navy's hottest jet fighters, a world many have seen in movies and television, but few have experienced. Readers quickly understand the thrills of roaring afterburners and supersonic shockwaves, and the split-second terror when our amiable narrator Bio ejects from his crashing fighter.

Readers also experience the human side, sharing Bio's aspirations and humorous stumbles, and ultimately the satisfying triumph of becoming a Topgun instructor, the best of the best. While Bio does indeed make it to the top of the pyramid, he keeps his sense of joy that comes with such an accomplishment and his keen fascination with the technical and visceral aspects of dogfighting in jet fighters. His engaging writing will have readers feeling the g-forces, as he describes events and sights most people have never imagined.

Also available in a Japanese translation and a Chinese translation.

Dave Baranek

About Dave Baranek (Melbourne, Florida Author)

Dave Baranek

Dave Baranek loved airplanes as a boy and set his sights on flying Navy fighters. He attended Georgia Tech and participated in ROTC.

He wasn’t able to be a pilot because his eyesight wasn’t 20/20, so he became a radar intercept officer (RIO), operating the weapons system in the Navy's F-14 Tomcat fighter. After his first F-14 squadron he was selected as an instructor at the elite Navy Fighter Weapons School, better known as Topgun. While serving as an instructor in 1985 he helped make the film "Top Gun."

Dave enjoyed a successful 20-year career in the Navy, including command of an F-14 Tomcat fighter squadron. He retired from the Navy in 1999, and works as a defense contractor. Since retiring he has written three exciting memoirs.

He is married and lives in Satellite Beach, Florida. His website is

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