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Mystery death of Top Gun stuntman who perished filming stunt in chilling echo of Goose and left wife heartbroken

THE wife of a stunt pilot who crashed after his death while filming a daring stunt for the original Top Gun movie says the tragic accident remains a mystery.

Judy Scholl’s husband Art dived into the ocean after failing to recover from a reverse flat spin while filming dramatic background scenes for the original blockbuster movie.

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Art died when his plane plunged into the ocean while filming a daring stunt for Top GunCredit: Photo copyright Judy Scholl / Provided by John Chapple / www.JohnChapple.com
His death was strikingly similar to that of character Goose's death on screen

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His death was strikingly similar to that of character Goose’s death on screenCredit: Rex

The death of the skilled aviator was horribly similar to the death on screen of Goose – Maverick’s wingman in the film – who also died after failing to recover from a flat spider.

Neither Art’s plane nor his body were ever recovered – and death sent shock waves across the film industry at that time.

HUGE SHOCK

Speaking ahead of the May 27 launch of Top Gun: MaverickJudy recounted how Art’s death at the age of 53 was a huge shock to anyone who knew him – because he was so knowledgeable and safety conscious.

“It was a day no one expected or expected,” Judy told The Sun.

“He was very careful and confident in preparing, checking equipment and making sure everything was in good shape.

“He took all the precautions he could – but then things still happen.

“He was not cavalier about this kind of thing, he was always very aware of the element of danger and did his best to reduce risk.”

Art, who had worked on hundreds of TV shows and movies, including Indiana Jones, had just started working on Top Gun when he died.

The pilot was asked to film some “plate photos” – used as a backdrop behind actors such as Van Kilmer and Tom Cruise on a green screen during filming.

Art was required to do a reverse flat spin, a motion with a relatively low risk for a skilled pilot, and the couple set off on September 16, 1985, from their home in San Bernadino, California, to Edwards Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles. Angeles.

“He went out and did several sequences of these flat spins, but he caught the observer plane flying behind him in the shot, so he told her to go back a few miles because it would spoil the shot,” he said. Judy said.

He radioed again and said, ‘I have a problem,’ and then about three seconds later he said, ‘I have a real problem.’

Judy Scholl

“They stepped back, lost sight of him and then radioed him to tell them he had started a reverse flat spin.

“Part of the way he sent back on the radio and said, ‘I have a problem,’ and then about three seconds later he said, ‘I have a real problem.’

“The boys in the observer plane went into the area where he was operating and when they got there, he was gone.”

The support craft searched the area near Carlsbad and soon saw debris and oil floating on the water.

Judy, who was to fly the observer plane behind Art but had a change of plan at the last minute, thinks she’s waiting at the nearby Rialto airport for her scheduled return at 5pm.

When they were late, they called Carlsbad’s nearby airport who told them the crew was on its way back.

“They knew at the time what had happened, but they did not want to tell me over the phone,” she said.

“They finally came in and landed. I expected Art to land first, because he had the faster plane.

They just said, ‘He’s not coming home.’ And that was it. “

Judy Scholl

“But the other guys landed and I could not see Art’s plane anywhere. When they got out, I looked at them once and I knew something really bad had happened.

“I said, ‘Where is art?’ and they looked at me and said, ‘Come in. We need to talk.’ ‘They just said,’ He’s not coming home. ‘ And that was it. ‘

Just said Art’s jet was equipped with a parachute and a life jacket and the observer aircraft also had life jackets and a lifeboat.

CRASH MYSTERY

Tragically, Art, who spent 18 years as an aviation instructor, had learned the exact trick that killed him to hundreds of aviation students.

There are still many unanswered questions about the accident.

“The NTSB, which is investigating the accident, decided it was special disorientation, but you can take that for what it’s worth,” Judy said.

“For a few reasons there has never been a definitive answer – neither the aircraft nor Art were found, they were lost at sea, and there were no recording devices like airlines have.

“It’s kind of a board game – but it does not change the end result, so I just do not spend time figuring it out.”

TOP GUN 2

Judy said Art would be excited to see the new movie – which stars Cruise as Maverick, and Miles Teller as Rooster, Goose’s son – if he’s still alive.

“Art would undoubtedly enjoy the new film – aerial photography is a world in itself and it has changed dramatically over the years – the cameras, the lighting, the sounds, and that was the kind of element of a film of which my husband really enjoyed it.

“He would love to see how things have evolved from the original Top Gun.

“I’ll probably see it at some point. I think it’s going to be a real sold out crowd because it’s been so long overdue.

The days and the years soften the sad memories. “

Judy Scholl

“It will not be painful for me to see, my husband’s career was mainly film work, so I understand his love for aviation and filmmaking in the sector.

“It’s not painful because it’s been a long time ago – the days and years softened the sad memories.”

Judy says she would like Art to be remembered as a teacher, league pilot and film stunt pilot – and she will always be grateful to him for giving her love of flying.

“That was a gift that Art gave me – I was not a pilot when I met him and I was not particularly interested either, but I got so involved and he shared so much with me that it became part of my life. And even now is he flying away and I still enjoy a part of the aviation world.

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“I think it helped me to deal with everything to be honest.

“We’re all dealing with loss in our lives – we have either, or we will. It’s painful, difficult and tragic, regardless of whether it’s due to an accident, illness or old age. And it’s something we have to deal with and move forward. , life I try to be a very positive person. ”

Judy Scholl who lost her husband after a freak accident on the set of Top Gun

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Judy Scholl who lost her husband after a freak accident on the set of Top GunCredit: Photo Copyright John Chapple / www.JohnChapple.com
Judy and Art spend their lives together on film sets and running their airline business

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Judy and Art spend their lives together on film sets and running their airline businessCredit: Photo copyright Judy Scholl / Provided by John Chapple / www.JohnChapple.com
Art died filming scenes for the original Top Gun movie

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Art died filming scenes for the original Top Gun movieCredit: Rex
Art died while attempting a reverse flat spin - similar to Goose's on screen death

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Art died while attempting a reverse flat spin – similar to Goose’s on screen deathCredit: Getty
Art also competed in aerobatics and won the U.S. National Championships

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Art also competed in aerobatics and won the U.S. National ChampionshipsCredit: Photo copyright Judy Scholl / Provided by John Chapple / www.JohnChapple.com
Miles Teller stars as Goose's son Rooster in the new movie Top Gun: Maverick

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Miles Teller stars as Goose’s son Rooster in the new movie Top Gun: MaverickCredit: Splash
Top Gun: Maverick is out on May 27th

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Top Gun: Maverick is out on May 27thCredit: Alamy

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