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Fireside Chat with “Bozo” 1986 Top Gun Pilot

What: Fireside Chat with Lloyd “Bozo” Abel from Top Gun
When: Monday, Aug 17th, 3pm PST, 6pm EST, 2200 UTC (one night only)
Where: TeamSpeak, connect to

We are pleased to welcome Lloyd “Bozo” Abel the naval aviator from the 1986 movie Top Gun. “Bozo” was responsible for all aspects of the aerial coordination and flying sequences. He also performed the famous “Buzzing the Tower” scene. Does this bring back old memories?

  • “Bozo” has over 20,200 hrs of flight time between his military (USN) and commercial (Northwest & Delta) career.
    • Military: F-4 (850 hr); F-14 (2200 hr); A-4 (800 hr); 810 Carrier Landings.
    • Commercial: 727 (2000 hr); DC-10 (3400 hr); DC-9 (3000 hr); A-320 (7600 hr).
    • Light Civilian: Several types (350 hr).

Join us to learn more about his career as a naval aviator and filming of this iconic movie. This is an event you will not want to miss.

Note: We suggest getting connected before the event in order to make sure your headset fully works, and familiar with DTP. We appreciate your understanding that we refuse to “seat” folks after the event has started.

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Flight briefing during the 1986 filming of Top Gun
Lloyd “Bozo” Abel in active duty squadron, VF-51; 1985
“Bozo” and Director Tony Scott working together on 1986 Top Gun.


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