I have to chuckle at the comments about flying a helicopter. Funny,, but can be true. They do require a different set of skills for sure.
As a Huey crewchief,, I flew a lot. Then I entered college, for my Assoc Degree in Aviation. Part of the course was also fixed wing school, for my private pilot's license.
Flying a small fixed wing Cessna 150 or 152 was EASY compared to a Huey.
Since I was "invested" in flying at the time,, many of my unit's pilots,, and especially a GOOD pilot (CW4) allowed me bootleg stick time. I have around 40 hours at the controls of a Huey. (With a pilot backing me up as necessary.)
I did learn to hover,, a hard thing to do. And I got pretty decent at general flying. But,, I never got the real hard stuff thrown at me.
But you do have to be able to do different things all at one time to make a Helo fly as you wish.
But they sure are FUN!!!!!!!
Too bad I couldn't afford to continue flying after I left the military.
Coming out of flight school as a basic jet guy, the exigencies of the Viet Nam war put me in a Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron, rather than the F-4 squadron I was scheduled for. I got about 80 hours in UH-1's and 200 hrs. in the OV-10. Helicopters can be very interesting; the OV-10 is an aircraft simulator. It is such a dog you don't feel like you are in a real a/c. After 6 mo. of that, I finally got to start flying the F-4. That was fun!!
The first Top Gun movie had some cringe worthy moments, but overall, it was fun. I haven't yet seen Top Gun 2, but I expect a few cringe worthy moments, interspersed with some terrific flying scenes.