30 of the most dangerous movie stunts

Some survived these perilous stunts, while others didn’t make it alive

Maverick’s fighter jet going into a flat spin (Top Gun, 1986)

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In the gloomiest moment of Top Gun, Maverick’s (Tom Cruise) fighter jet goes into a flat spin, forcing him and his radar intercept officer and best friend Goose (Anthony Edwards) to eject themselves from the aircraft before it crashes. The accident kills Goose and almost ends Maverick’s piloting career.

Sadly, while filming a similar flat spin for the Tony Scott-directed film, renowned aerobatic pilot Art Scholl lost control of his plane. His aircraft was observed to spin through its recovery altitude, at which time Scholl radioed, “I have a problem… I have a real problem”. He was unable to recover from the spin and crashed his Pitts Special biplane into the Pacific Ocean. Neither Scholl’s body nor his aircraft was recovered, leaving the official cause of the accident unknown. Top Gun was dedicated to Scholl’s memory.

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