Everybody knows there were a lot of Ray-Ban aviators in the 1986 classic, “Top Gun.” What a lot of people don’t know is that the movie featured several different styles of Ray-Bans, that only the diehard fans would pick up on. The following is an in-depth look at some of the unique sunglass models chosen by the different characters in the film
Lt. Pete Mitchell “Maverick”
Ray-Ban Aviators RB3025 62mm 001
The hot shot main character of the film, Maverick is known for his cocky attitude in the air and on the ground. Maverick displays great instinct in the way he flies, but his attitude limits him throughout the film. As Iceman famously points out (in true Iceman fashion), “It’s not your flying, it’s your attitude.” He wears the quintessential large aviators, and this is by no means a coincidence. This was Ray-Bans most popular model and it is only fitting that the main character should receive the flagship model of the lineup.
Nick Bradshaw “Goose”
Ray-Ban Caravan RB3136 58mm 001
Everyone’s favorite RIO, Goose became one of the movie deaths that no one would ever be able to get over. He was loved by all for his easy going attitude and was a perfect counter for Maverick’s hard charging, cocky personality. The contrast between the two co-pilots is even more evident in their choice of sunglasses. Goose wears gold Caravans, which are more laid-back and less “in your face” than their aviator cousins. This suits him very well, as these glasses don’t quite have that cocky hot shot attitude.
Tom Kazansky “Iceman”
Ray-Ban Shooter 3138 62mm 001
Iceman was Mav’s rival pilot in the Top Gun program. He got his call sign from flying “Ice cold,” and his personality towards Maverick and Goose reflects this. He wore the Shooter model Aviators, which although may have the same look as the 3025’s that Maverick wears, they are a bred all their own. Iceman likes his Shooters so much in fact, that he chooses to wear them inside a dark night club in the beginning of the movie! After all, in the 80's everyone wore their sunglasses in night clubs, right?
Ron Kerner “Slider”
Ray Ban Aviator RB3025 55mm L2823
Ron Kerner aka "Slider" is known primarily for his stench (see “Slider…You Stink"), however he is Iceman’s RIO and essentially identical to him with regards to personality. Slider, like Ice, is extremely arrogant (even by fighter pilot standards) and is engaged in a constant power struggle with Maverick and Goose. He wears the 3025 Aviator like Maverick, except his are jet black. This may have been done to affirm his place as one of the film’s antagonists, or just may have been another model Ray-Ban wanted to showcase.
Leonard Wolfe “Wolfman”
Ray-Ban Clubmasters RB3016 49mm W0366
For all those trying to figure out who Wolfman is, he’s the guy with the big cowboy hat. I know what you’re thinking, “what kind of fighter pilot walks around in a cowboy hat?” Well he actually isn’t a fighter pilot, he is Hollywood’s RIO and possibly even odder than his choice of hat, is his choice of sunglasses. He is the only person in the TOP GUN program who isn’t wearing an aviator style pair of glasses. Then again his name is Leonard and owns a cowboy hat, so it kind of makes sense.
LTJG Marcus Williams “Sundown”
Ray Ban Aviator Flat Metal 3513 58mm 164/6G
Sundown is best known for his brief appearance as Maverick’s RIO after Goose tragically dies. Unfortunately for our friend Sundown, when he stepped into his life, Maverick was still not over Gooses death and was not able to fly effectively. Sundown was also in the bar when Maverick and Goose were singing to Charlie. He picked up the song where Maverick left off, but unfortunately no one else sung along with him. Anyway, he wears a pretty cool pair of mirrored aviators, so not all is lost Sundown!
Air Boss Johnson
Ray-Ban Outdoorsman RB3030 58mm L0216
Air Boss Johnson was the gentleman in the air control tower when Maverick decided to do a low altitude, high speed pass next said tower. As we all remember, he wasn’t very happy after this caused him to spill hot coffee all over himself. He wore the Outdoorsman model Ray-Bans which have the cables that wrap around the ears and the thick metal brow bar.
Stay tuned for more characters coming soon..
By Pete Cusumano