Naval aviators, defense contractors and movie nerds – rejoice! The military analyst who inspired Tom Cruise’s love interest in the ’80s classic “Top Gun” is now the No. 2 official at the Pentagon.
In “Top Gun,” her name was Charlotte Blackwood (callsign “Charlie”) and she was an impossibly beautiful defense contractor with a Ph.D. in astrophysics serving as an instructor at the coveted Navy Fighter Weapons School. Her character was very loosely modeled after Christine Fox, who was recently the director of the powerful Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation division within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. CAPE is a cost-cutting (and dreaded) organization in the Pentagon that puts defense programs under the microscope to determine whether or not they’re worth their weight in gold – and allocates money accordingly. So the real Charlie was – continues to be – a powerful woman.
This CNN article, which includes her real mug shot, describes the fictional Charlie as “Top Gun’s” “muse,” which had me doubled over laughing, as does pretty much anything related to this Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer double-barreled assault on the senses.
After all, have you ever played beach volleyball in dog tags and tight jeans?
Flown a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong?
Raced your crotch-rocket and pump your fist at an F-14? (I think Maverick’s being towed in this famous scene).
Achieved carnal knowledge “of a woman this time …” Goose nudging Maverick, wink-wink. Break character. Actually, Anthony Edwards was talking to you, Tom Cruise. C’mon, really.
Worn a leather jacket despite it being sunny and 80 degrees in Miramar, California?
Discovered where the second-place trophy is located?
Buzzed the tower?
Enough. I want some butts! I want them now! Listen to the theme song…