Tony Scott

#TBSD: Danger zone

#TBSD: Danger zone

San Diego will always be America's Finest Beer, Beach and Burrito City, but for a busy few months in 1985, it was also Hollywood's Hottest Sound Stage. 

That was the summer America went ballistic for Top Gun. From the hangars of the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to the locker rooms of the Mission Beach Plunge, San Diego provided many of the locations for the film that topped the U.S. box office in 1986 and transformed Tom Cruise from a charming, dentally blessed young actor to a blazing superstar.  

It all started when producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Beverly Hills CopFlashdance) read a magazine article about Miramar's...