The original Iron
Eagle movie was released in 1986. The movie starred Louis Gosset, Jr.
as Colonel Charles "Chappy" Sinclair,
and Jason Gedrick as Doug Masters. The jet scenes
were filmed in Israel, with the help of the Israeli Air
Force (the US had a policy of not participating in any
film where planes are stolen). The movie received
mixed reviews, mostly negative, but it did well enough
at the box office and on video to warrant a number of
sequels. In total, there were three sequels, with
Louis Goesset, Jr. being the only common thread (other
than some jets).
In this movie, Doug's father, a pilot in
the Air Force, is shot down and captured in a fictional
Arab country. Doug, who is a talented civilian
pilot, has dreams of rescuing his dad.
Unfortunately, he has been rejected by the Air Force
Academy, which would have take too long anyway,
considering the fact that Doug's dad is scheduled to be
hanged in three days...
Of course Doug cannot
let this happen, so he convinces Chappy to help him fly
an F-16 mission to save his father. It just so
happens that Chappy agrees, and manages to secure two
jets. On the way, they manage to shoot down a few
MIGs until Chappy's jet was shot down. After
playing Chappy's pep talk cassette, Doug is squared
away, and he blows a few more things up and saves his
dad. On the way out, additional MIGs are
scrambled, and Doug once again stands victorious.
In the end, the Air Force lets the two off considering
how poorly their security appeared to be, and they
decided to let Doug into the Academy.