Reel Science: Top Gun

Date: Mar. 12, 2014 Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6pm) Located at: Empirical Theater
Who is this for: all ages Cost: $5 non-members; $4 members

Reel Science: Top Gun

Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.

Join us for an exciting evening talking about the Navy’s TOPGUN Fighter School. Meet Mike McCabe and hear about his experiences flying combat missions and teaching at TOPGUN.

Schedule for the evening:

6:30pm: Presentation by Mike McCabe
7:00pm: Top Gun Movie (rated PG)
9:00pm: Q&A w/Mr. McCabe

Mike McCabe knows the Navy inside and out. His career began with over 150 aerial combat missions in Vietnam—where he was one of a rare few to shoot down a MIG-21— and it ended with a final tour commanding the Third Fleet in the Pacific, the same fleet commanded by Admiral Bull Halsey in WWII, and the same fleet where Mike’s father flew and gave his life during that titanic struggle.

The Navy’s TOPGUN Fighter School has produced incredible success for over 40 years. “The most amazing organization I have seen, in or out of the Navy,” says Mike, who served as the executive officer for years. During that time, Mike developed an approach to education, review and focused execution that he used to replicate TOPGUN’s success throughout the Navy, and later in the world of business. 

Reel Science – Empirical Theater is a new monthly event open to all ages. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!

$5 for non-members & $4 for members. Tell your friends. We hope to see you there!
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