I'm not going to date myself and make things even easier, but I'm old enough to remember the "Falklands" confrontation. Did you ever watch the footage of those Argentine fighters buzzing the British ships? I never saw it until many years later. The balls and skills of those pilots... damn. It's almost never shown in our countries.
Apparently, you got to live the dream I had after seeing Top Gun as an impressionable lad. Impressionable or not, I suspect I'd be in a better position for realizing secret dreams today had I just gone with that purposeful seduction from Hollywood.