We're in an airplane hangar, and Jester is in the process of introducing an instructor.
She's a civilian contractor, with a PhD in astrophysics who works closely with the Pentagon.
We see her legs as she is walking to the front of the hangar. Her call sign is Charlie, and she's a civilian contractor.
Whoa. It's the woman Maverick was hitting on the night before. And she's one of his teachers at Top Gun. Uh oh.
Maverick and Goose can't believe it, and mumble amongst themselves while Charlie talks about the limitations of the MiG-28.
Charlie asks if everything is okay. Maverick tells her that the data she is "inaccurate." He has seen a MiG do exactly what she just said it couldn't do, but says he can't tell her where he saw it because it's "classified."
Charlie tells Maverick she's supposed to know more than him (that's how the Pentagon wants it), and Maverick wittily responds that that isn't true in this case.
After some more banter, Maverick and Goose tell bits and pieces of the story, and Charlotte smiles.
She heard the story about their confrontation with the MiG-28, but had to pretend that she hadn't. Jester says it's time for a hop.
Maverick stands up, puts on his sunglasses, and leaves.
Charlie catches up with, asks him why he didn't tell her he was a "famous MiG insultor."
Maverick is still clearly a little miffed about being rejected.
Charlie would love to hear about the MiG sometime.
Now it's Maverick's turn to reject here: "You've got security clearance. You can read about it," he tells her.
When Maverick comes up the stairs, Iceman is waiting. Uh-Oh.
"Maverick," he says, "I'm curious. Who was covering Cougar while you were showboating with this MiG?"
Maverick assures him Cougar was doing just fine
It's the first hop. Jester's voice can be heard—the boys will be flying against smaller, faster, and more maneuverable planes that are meant to simulate the enemy MiGs.
Maverick and Goose are locked in "combat" with Jester.
They're chasing each other around at high speeds, with Jester trying to egg Maverick on ("Show me what you got kid").
Jester is about to get Maverick in missile lock, but Maverick performs his signature move.
He hits the breaks so that Jester flies right by (which he does).
Jester is really annoyed—"Jesus Christ," he screams.
After some acrobatic flying, Jester tries to get below the hard deck (i.e. the minimum altitude).
Maverick beats them there, and gets him in missile lock.
Jester is really annoyed, and tells them to get above the hard deck and back to base immediately.
Maverick and Goose are ecstatic, so ecstatic that Maverick requests permission to "buzz" the tower.
He's denied, but does it anyway, much to the tower controller's dismay (he spills his coffee all over himself).