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#4887 2010-08-24 21:22 GMT-5 hours    
I'm new here, and working on additional photos to contribute, but I wanted to get this out there: I wrote a book about my early years as an F-14 Tomcat radar intercept officer (RIO, the guy in back) and Navy Topgun instructor. Called TOPGUN DAYS, it was published in June. I am very pleased with the number of photos the publisher included and their quality. I'm also happy with the text -- but figured photos would be the main interest here.

My website, www.TopgunBio.com, has some of the photos from the book plus additional images not used.

All photos in the book and the website came from my first two squadrons: VF-24 Fighting Renegades and Topgun. Here at AF I'll bring photos from later units that are my favorites.

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#4888 2010-08-25 10:09 GMT-5 hours    
For those that haven't seen it there's a nice interview with Bio over at FenceCheck.

http://www.fencecheck.com/content/index.php?title=Photographer_Interview_-_Dave_Bio_Baranek

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#4900 2010-09-05 16:01 GMT-5 hours    
I read the book and it's very interesting, a good read. Hope it's only part one of a trilogy from BIO.

Tomcats Forever,
David F. Brown

“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” -Ernest Hemingway

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#5203 2011-02-09 21:15 GMT-5 hours    
I'm happy to report that Barnes & Noble now offers a NOOKbook version of my book, TOPGUN DAYS. Link to their site is:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/TOPGUN-Days/DAVE-BARANEK/e/2940000921937/?itm=2

TOPGUN DAYS is the all-true, action-filled story that puts readers in the cockpit of the mighty F-14 Tomcat fighter, surviving a life-or-death ejection during a carrier-landing mishap, and then joining the ranks of Topgun as an instructor.

Full of adventure, the book has themes of camaraderie and perseverance, and provides a behind-the-scenes look at making the blockbuster hit, "Top Gun."

TOPGUN DAYS is also available for Kindle < http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003UTU59E >, and of course as a hardcover book < http://amzn.com/1616080051 >.

For more information, photographs, flying videos, and stories, visit my website: < http://www.TopgunBio.com >.

Thumbs up! - Bio

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#5205 2011-02-12 21:39 GMT-5 hours    
When were you in 24? I was in VA-147 in CAG Nine on Hawk 85-87.

Gettin Old Ain't Fer Sissies!

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#5208 2011-02-15 23:22 GMT-5 hours    
Just picked up the book on my Kindle so I'm looking forward to reading it shortly.

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#5209 2011-02-16 11:16 GMT-5 hours    
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When were you in 24? I was in VA-147 in CAG Nine on Hawk 85-87.



I was in 24 from 1981-84. Made one deployment on Constellation and one on Ranger. Ranger was getting kind of shaggy in 1983-84, and went into the shipyard afterwards. I was back on Rangerin 1987 with VF-2 and she was back in top shape.

I thought CAG Nine was a tight group.

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#5300 2011-04-10 18:04 GMT-5 hours    
Hi Airfighters - I put the finishing touches on my schedule for a visit to San Diego:
Tue, April 19, 7:30pm: Book signing at Warwick's book store, La Jolla http://warwicks.indiebound.com/event
Wed, April 20, 11:30 am: Book signing and sales at Kansas City Barbeque, Downtown http://www.kcbbq.net/
Both events will go about two hours.
I'll also be doing a couple of morning TV interview: April 19: Fox 5 Morning Show, scheduled for approx 7:15. April 20: KNSD 39/7 with Jason Austell, scheduled approx 6:15. (That's early!)
I'm signing books again at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museums (downtown Washington and Udvar-Hazy), now that tourist season has started. I go there a few weekends a month and it continues to be a lot of fun. I meet interesting people, aviation fans and dreamers, and people looking for a gift. A signed book is perfect!
Hard to believe it's been 25 years since the movie came out! If you're not in San Diego, please pass this along to friends who may be interested. Thanks - Bio <www.TopgunBio.com>

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#5307 2011-04-16 15:18 GMT-5 hours    
Hi, Bio!

I will buy your book, I hope, I can get it via Amazon. As Amazon is the easiest way to get american books, here in Germany.
Being a tomcatfreak, it`s a must have!

F-14 Tomcat 4-ever!:)

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#5440 2011-06-21 21:27 GMT-5 hours    
Limited-time low price for e-book of TOPGUN DAYS.
If you've been waiting, or just got a reader (Kindle, Nook, etc.) for Father's Day, this is the time to buy:
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation, and the 25th anniversary of the release of "Top Gun," the publisher is offering my e-book TOPGUN DAYS for a very low price. (It was $4.99 when I checked, but retailers set their own prices.)
This offer should be good until early August.

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#5762 2011-11-28 15:26 GMT-5 hours    
Topgun Days speaking and book-signing at Prairie Aviation Museum

For those who live near Bloomington-Normal, IL, I'll be at the Prairie Aviation Museum on Saturday, 3 Dec. The "morning session" begins at 10:00, afternoon begins at 1:30. Both will consist of a 30-minute talk followed by book sales and signing. I wanted to talk for two hours but they thought 30 minutes would be better. Link to their website: http://www.prairieaviationmuseum.org/index.html.

A note about book sales: the price will be $22.95, which is $2 off the cover price. in addition, $2 from each sale goes to the museum. The autograph is free.

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#5878 2012-02-14 20:37 GMT-5 hours    
It sounds like a book worth reading! I will endeavor to find the book.

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#5942 2012-03-24 10:18 GMT-5 hours    
Topgun Days at USS Intrepid museum, New York City

Quick note to say I will be signing copies of my book Topgun Days at the Intrepid museum store on April 14-15, from noon to 4 pm both days. Please tell your friends who might be interested. Thanks - Bio

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#6389 2013-04-16 21:09 GMT-5 hours    
Las Vegas trip: I will be talking at Atomic Liquors (yes!!) Saturday evening, April 27, as part of the Pub Lecture series run by the National Atomic Testing Museum. Topics will be the F-14 and "Top Gun." Tickets are required, visit http://nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/default.aspx for details.

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#6721 2014-10-27 20:10 GMT-5 hours    
Netherlands trip, December 2014: I wanted to let you know I'll be in the Netherlands in December for the Dutch Aviation Society Aviation Day. For more info, see http://www.scramble.nl/aviation-day . If you have questions you can contact them at aviation-day@scramble.nl . I'm looking forward to the event!

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#6725 2014-10-31 14:23 GMT-5 hours    
love your photos and your book

mike frm south Louisiana, just trying to keep my head above the water, hate that friken Harvey!!!!!!!!

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