The TOP GUN: Maverick Speakers Presentation held at the University of Nevada, Reno was absolutely amazing. 400 people crammed into the ballroom to learn about aviation, aerospace, and making the hit movie.
The event featured two distinct activities:
Aviation Industry Exhibit – Aviation companies, industry leaders, job seekers, and students will assemble in the ballroom to learn more about the industry, find out about great jobs and internships, and discuss ways to land great jobs. Attendees were able to visit with Abaris Training Resources, Advanced Aviation, Click Bond, High Sierra Pilots, Mead & Hunt, Nevada Air National Guard, Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium, NV Flight, Pathways to Aviation, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Stellar Aviation, UNR Aerospace Club, UNR Engineering, UNR Fleischmann Planetarium, WAI Sierra Battle Born, and WCSD Careers & Technical Education.
Top Gun Presentation – US Navy pilots and special guests involved in the production will describe scenes from the movie and field questions from the audience. The speakers included:
Captain Brian “Ferg” Ferguson – Navy’s technical advisor for TOP GUN: Maverick
Commander Rick “Dick” Burns – US Navy Fighter Pilot, Director of Future Operations at Tactical Air Support
Lieutenant Commander Greg “Big Bang” Meisinger – US Navy Fighter Pilot, First Officer at American Airlines
Commander (Ret) Chad “Coochie” Mingo – Navy F-14 technical advisor for TOP GUN: Maverick, US Navy Fighter Pilot, First Officer at American Airlines
Captain (Ret) Jim “Guido” Dimatteo – US Navy Fighter Pilot, Former Red Bull Air Races Director
Commander Rebecca “Sam” Calder – US Navy Fighter Pilot, First Female TOP GUN pilot graduate
The event and parking were free to all guests, thanks to the following sponsors:
Abaris Training Resources
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
Sierra Nevada Corporation
University of Nevada, Reno
We also recognize program underwriters, for which we’re able to offer programs at no cost. The underwriters are the ISTAT Foundation and Martis Camp Foundation.
A big thanks goes to KOLO-TV, which covered the event through reporter, John Macaluso.