Nightly News   |  December 04, 2013

Woman who inspired ‘Top Gun’ named Deputy Defense Secretary

Christine Fox became the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in the Pentagon. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> who can forget maverick, goose, iceman and the kelli mcgillis character in the leather flight jacket with the call sign charlie. now it can be told the basis for the female lead in "top gun" was none other than kristine fox, the very real defense analyst who was named acting deputy defense secretary today making her the highest ranking woman ever to serve in the pentagon. there ishing fictional about that role.