The 1986 film "Top Gun" has become an iconic piece of cinema, not only for its portrayal of the United States Navy's elite fighter pilots, but also for its thrilling and memorable scenes. One scene that stands out in particular is when the film's protagonist, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, decides to show off his flying skills by buzzing the tower, much to the chagrin of his superiors.
The scene takes place early on in the film, shortly after Maverick and his RIO, Goose, have arrived at Top Gun. Maverick is already known for his daring flying maneuvers, and his fellow pilots and superiors are wary of his recklessness. This is exemplified by the reaction of Air Boss Johnson when Maverick buzzes the tower.
As Maverick approaches the naval base where the Top Gun school is located, he contacts the air control tower to request permission for a flyby. This is when Air Boss Johnson says that famous line, "Negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full".
Air Boss Johnson, who is in the air traffic control tower, is seen holding a cup of coffee after after Maverick requests permission for a flyby. As Maverick flies past the tower, the air turbulence from his jet's engines catches Air Boss Johnson off guard causing the him to spill his coffee all over his white uniform.
Maverick's response to Air Boss Johnson is both cocky and dismissive, and it highlights the character's rebellious streak. He is not interested in following the rules or conforming to the expectations of his superiors. Instead, he is focused on proving himself as the best fighter pilot in the world, even if it means taking risks and breaking the rules.
The scene also serves to highlight the tension between Maverick and his superiors. While Maverick is undoubtedly talented and skilled, his superiors are concerned about his recklessness and lack of discipline. The spilt coffee serves as a metaphor for the chaos that Maverick brings with him, and the potential danger that his actions pose to those around him.
However, despite the disapproval of his superiors, Maverick's flying skills cannot be denied. This scene sets the stage for the rest of the film, as Maverick continues to push the limits and prove himself as the best fighter pilot in the Navy.
The line "Negative ghostrider, the pattern is full" has become a part of popular culture, and the scene itself is still thrilling and exciting to watch, even after all these years.