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Upon their triumphant return to Enterprise, Iceman and Maverick express a new respect for one other.Offered any assignment he chooses, Maverick decides to return to Top Gun as an instructor. The primary inspiration for the film was the article "Top Guns" by Ehud Yonay, from the May 1983 issue of California magazine, which featured aerial photography by then-Lieutenant Commander Charles "Heater" Heatley.Although the board of inquiry clears Maverick of responsibility for Goose's death, he is overcome by guilt and his flying skill diminishes.
The research methods, by Epps, included an attendance at several declassified Top Gun classes at Miramar and gaining experience by being flown in an F-14.He seeks advice from Viper, who reveals that he served with Maverick's father Duke Mitchell on the USS Oriskany.Mitchell was subject to an unspecified disgrace, which has hampered Maverick's career and self-confidence, but Viper reveals classified information that proves Mitchell died heroically, and informs Maverick that he can succeed if he can regain his self-confidence.He learns the next day that she is Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood, an astrophysicist and civilian Top Gun instructor.
She becomes interested in Maverick upon learning of his inverted maneuver with the Mi G-28, which disproves US intelligence on the enemy aircraft's performance.
Despite its initial mixed critical reaction, the film was a huge commercial hit grossing 6 million against a production budget of only million.