There’s more to being a Navy pilot than what you see in the movies – I would know, I’m a TOPGUN instructor. Ask me anything!
Hello! My name is LT Kyle “Washjob” Haith and I’m a pilot and instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, commonly referred to as TOPGUN.
Like tons of other kids, I dreamt of becoming a fighter pilot when I grew up. When TOPGUN made its Hollywood debut, a stereotype about cocky pilots was born. But I’m here to set the record straight: not every flight is set to an 80s power chord soundtrack. There are shockingly few cheesy bar serenades and beach volleyball montages here. And at the real TOPGUN, ego doesn’t fly.
The men and women I have the honor to fly with are humble, approachable, and credible. Together, we share one unifying goal: creating the world’s best Strike Fighter Tactics Instructors to train the fleet and ensure victory in combat. We don’t fly for fame, and we’re not in the business of “good enough.” Ask me anything.
EDIT: Thank you Reddit community for all of your great questions! I had a ton of fun interacting with you, but I’ve got to go fly!