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Quiz about Top Gun Call Signs
Quiz about Top Gun Call Signs

"Top Gun" Call Signs Trivia Quiz


Call signs play a vital role in the classic movie "Top Gun". Pretty much everyone knows who Maverick and Goose are, but what do you know about the rest of the cast? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

A multiple-choice quiz by tazman6619. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
tazman6619
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
323,964
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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2152
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 174 (9/10), Guest 12 (10/10), Guest 24 (10/10).
Question 1 of 10
1. At the beginning of the movie a pilot freezes up during an encounter with a MIG-28. Surely he is not an older woman who likes dating younger men even though his call sign might make you think that. What is his call sign? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The RIO, Radar Intercept Officer or the backseat pilot, may work magic in an F-14 but that didn't help this Naval Flight Officer. What is the call sign of the RIO in the plane whose pilot loses his nerve in the first encounter with the MiG-28? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Which pairing of pilot and RIO is correct? (Think movie stars and monsters.) Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. On the USS Enterprise what is the call sign of the CAG? (His call sign is also a type of missile.) Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. What is the call sign of the cool pilot who wins the Top Gun trophy in the movie? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. This RIO *pitch*ed a perfect game as the partner to the pilot who wins the Top Gun trophy. What is his call sign? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What is the venomous call sign of the pilot who flew with Maverick's dad? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. What is the westerly call sign of Maverick's second RIO at Top Gun, after the first one died? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. What is the magical call sign of Maverick's RIO in the final dogfight of the movie? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Maverick and his father share the same call sign.



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. At the beginning of the movie a pilot freezes up during an encounter with a MIG-28. Surely he is not an older woman who likes dating younger men even though his call sign might make you think that. What is his call sign?

Answer: Cougar

Cougar is slang for an older woman who dates younger men. The male equivalent is Manther, a combination of man and panther.

Cougar the pilot gets spooked thinking about his family and tells the CAG he lost the edge because he almost orphaned his child and widowed his wife. By turning in his wings he gives Maverick the chance to go to Top Gun.

Cougar is played by John Stockwell, who as well as being an actor has gone on to direct.
2. The RIO, Radar Intercept Officer or the backseat pilot, may work magic in an F-14 but that didn't help this Naval Flight Officer. What is the call sign of the RIO in the plane whose pilot loses his nerve in the first encounter with the MiG-28?

Answer: Merlin

Merlin is the wizard of Arthurian legend and a worker of magic.

In the movie, the RIO Merlin loses his chance to go to Top Gun when Cougar resigns from active flight status. But this is not the last we see of him. After Goose is killed, Merlin becomes Maverick's RIO for the final engagement of the movie.

Merlin is played by Tim Robbins in a small role for the soon to be famous actor. He would break out in the movie "Bull Durham" two years later.
3. Which pairing of pilot and RIO is correct? (Think movie stars and monsters.)

Answer: Hollywood and Wolfman

Movie stars = Hollywood, monsters = Wolfman.

Hollywood and Wolfman figure prominently in the movie, both at Top Gun and in the final dog fight where they are shot down.

Hollywood is played by Whip Hubley. This role is the one he is most noted for, although he has quite an extensive list of movie credits.

Wolfman is played by Barry Tubb who has gone on to act in TV and films. He gave away Julia Roberts when she married Lyle Lovett.
4. On the USS Enterprise what is the call sign of the CAG? (His call sign is also a type of missile.)

Answer: Stinger

The Stinger is a surface-to-air missile used by the United States Armed Forces and famously supplied to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Although the Tomahawk is a type of cruise missile, no one had that call sign in the movie.

Stinger is the CAG on the USS Enterprise and he does not like Maverick because he thinks he is too cocky. He is reluctant to send Maverick and Goose to the Top Gun school but has no choice since they are his best remaining pilots after Cougar resigns.

CAG stands for Commander, Air Group and refers to the Commander of the Air Wing aboard a carrier. Although Carrier Air Groups were redesignated as Carrier Air Wings in the 1970s, the commander still retained the title of CAG.

Stinger is played by James Tolkan, who is most famous for playing the principal in the Back to the Future Trilogy.
5. What is the call sign of the cool pilot who wins the Top Gun trophy in the movie?

Answer: Iceman

Iceman is given his name because he is cool as ice when flying in combat. He does not like Maverick because he thinks he takes too many chances and is therefore a danger to himself and those around him. In the dog fight at the end of the movie, it is Maverick who saves Iceman when he is outnumbered.

Val Kilmer plays Iceman and although he was an established actor at the time of filming, the film helped confirm his status as a bankable actor.
6. This RIO *pitch*ed a perfect game as the partner to the pilot who wins the Top Gun trophy. What is his call sign?

Answer: Slider

The Slider is a pitch in American Baseball. The Fastball is also a pitch but no one in the movie uses that call sign.

The RIO Slider has no love loss for Maverick or Goose and shares the opinion of Iceman that Maverick is dangerous.

One of the better dialogue exchanges takes place between Slider and Goose -
Slider: "Goose, whose butt did you kiss to get in here anyway?"
Goose: "The list is long, but distinguished."

Slider is played by Rick Rossovich, a character actor who has appeared in over 30 films and numerous TV series.
7. What is the venomous call sign of the pilot who flew with Maverick's dad?

Answer: Viper

The word viper can refer to any number of venomous snakes.

Viper the pilot tells Maverick he flew with his father and that his father is a hero. His father could have received the Congressional Medal of Honor if the battle had not been classified by the State Department.

Viper is played by Tom Skerritt. Skerritt has an extensive resume in both film and TV and won an Emmy for "Picket Fences" in the 90s.
8. What is the westerly call sign of Maverick's second RIO at Top Gun, after the first one died?

Answer: Sundown

Sunset (sundown) occurs in the west, hence the clue.

Sundown replaces Goose as Maverick's RIO at Top Gun but does not follow him back to the USS Enterprise. Merlin becomes Maverick's RIO when he rejoins the Fleet.

Sundown is played by Clarence Gilyard and "Top Gun" is his movie debut. He is most famous for co-starring in "Walker, Texas Ranger" as Jimmy Trivette.
9. What is the magical call sign of Maverick's RIO in the final dogfight of the movie?

Answer: Merlin

Merlin is a wizard from Arthurian legend. There is no character named Wizard and Harry Potter did not come into existence until well after the movie was made. Sundown is Maverick's RIO at Top Gun but not in the final dogfight.

The RIO Merlin is the RIO for Cougar at the beginning of the movie. Merlin stays on board the USS Enterprise when Maverick and Goose went to Top Gun. When Maverick returns without Goose, the two are teamed together.

Tim Robbins plays Merlin. During the filming of his breakout role in "Bull Durham", Robbins met Susan Sarandon. They have two sons together. The couple split in December 2009.
10. Maverick and his father share the same call sign.

Answer: False

We never learn the call sign of Maverick's father, only that Viper served with him in Vietnam and was present when he was shot down. The memory of his father and the questions surrounding what actually happened to him haunt Maverick throughout the film.
Source: Author tazman6619

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