US military's 'Top Gun' now second in command at Pentagon
Christine Fox, the inspiration behind the character played by Kelly McGillis in 'Top Gun', has become the first woman appointed to the Pentagon's No 2 job.
President Barack Obama named Ms Fox, the former chief programme and budget analyst with the Department of Defence, to serve as the agency's acting deputy secretary, while the US searches for a permanent replacement for Ashton Carter.
Chuck Hagel, Ms Fox's boss as the defence secretary, hailed her as "a brilliant defence thinker and proven manager.
"She helped identify the challenges, choices and opportunities for reform facing the department during this period of unprecedented budget uncertainty," Mr Hagel said.
"She will be able to help shape our priorities, programmes and global operations better than anyone."
Ms Fox is perhaps best known for serving as the basis of Tom Cruise's love interest in the 1986 film.
A 'People Magazine' profile published shortly before the film was released claimed that Ms Fox, then a mathematician at the Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego, was introduced to producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.
Following their meeting, the duo came up with the character of Charlie, an astrophysicist who instructs Cruise's Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell and the other Top Gun pilots.
The profile said: "High heels in the hallway. Softer than a sonic boom, less penetrating than an F-14 afterburner, the footsteps of 6ft Christine Fox (30) nevertheless carry the impact of a pre-emptive strike." (© Daily Telegraph, London)