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Pete "Maverick" Mitchell's (Tom Cruise) fighter pilot helmet from Tony Scott's action drama Top Gun. Renegade pilot Maverick wore his helmet while attending Top Gun and participating in several combat missions with his RIO, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards).
This real-world flight helmet was decorated specifically for the character and is affixed with Maverick's signature silvertone, red, and yellow striped eagle insignia stickers. It features "Maverick" stickered in white on the front and reverse, a tinted plastic adjustable visor, black leatherette padding, a Velcro chin strap, and two metal tags labeled "Flight Suits, LTD. El Cajon, California." A green rubber oxygen mask and tube is included to complete the display, but is not original to the film.
The helmet is labeled "Maverick - #1" underneath the interior padding in a manner consistent with all documented original Top Gun helmets. It includes a signed letter of authenticity from Jim Tyson, the costume supervisor on the film, detailing the creation of the film's helmets, their various whereabouts after production, and confirming that this helmet was one of only three made specifically to fit Tom Cruise himself. Â
The helmet exhibits various signs of wear, including scratching to the paint and stickers, as well as some cracking padding and resin, but remains in good overall condition.
Dimensions: 10" x 10" x 11" (25.5 cm x 25.5 cm x 28 cm)
Estimate: $50,000 - 70,000
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.