We’re fairly certain that knowledge of the ’80s film, Top Gun, and its top-billed character Maverick, played by Tom Cruise, is practically ubiquitous. But that flick was actually inspired by a true-to-life aviation school started by the U.S. Navy in Miramar, California, back in 1969. Though the school has since moved to Nevada, TOPGUN — the colloquial name for the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program — still produces some of the greatest fighter pilots in the world. And while we know that real ace pilots likely have a strict set of standard-issue gear, we’d like to think that this week’s everyday carry pocket dump might be right up their alley on the rare occasion that these flyboys don their civvies.
Kershaw Launch 9 Automatic Knife
Made in the USA, Kershaw’s Launch 9 is a smaller and more carry-friendly take on the Launch series made with premium materials — like a 1.8″ CPM 154 drop point blade and a black-anodized aerospace-grade aluminum handle. This ultra-compact auto knife also features a quick and handy push-button lock, a reversible pocket clip, and a total weight of just 1.6 ounces.
Dango P01 Pioneer Wallet
Perfect for frequent travelers, this unique bifold is crafted from premium Italian leather, can hold up to 20 cards, fits the brand’s one-piece multi-tool, has an integrated silicone cash strap, and has a special storage slot for an included travel pen with a paracord lanyard. As if that wasn’t enough, it was also made in the USA, boasts RFID blocking, and comes with a branded notebook.
Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses
The name Ray-Ban and aviator sunglasses definitely go hand-in-hand. In fact, perhaps second only to the brand’s Wayfarers, their Aviators are about as iconic and classic as it gets. They were also actually made for pilots back in 1937 and still boast many of the same styling cues — although the materials have been upgraded in the modern era. A timeless piece of everyday carry, these will be your go-to glasses for every sunny day.
Luminox F-22 Raptor 9241.M Pilot Watch
In case you can’t tell from its name — taken from one of the greatest fighter jets to ever take to the skies — this Luminox watch was made in its entirety with pilots in mind. That means — on top of its durable titanium case, automatic movement, 200m water-resistance, and chronograph functionality — it also has a tachymeter bezel for analog aviation calculations.