During the time Goose is at TOPGUN, Carole and their son Bradley visit him. Goose kisses his son and wife before walking out of the airport with Maverick.
During a private moment between CAPT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell and Penny Benjamin, the pair discuss the rough relationship Maverick has with LT Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw. Maverick admits that he made a promise to Carole before she died that he would do what he could to prevent Rooster from flying like his dad Goose, as Carole didn't want Rooster to have the same fate as him. This led to Maverick pulling Rooster's admission papers to the Naval Academy, causing a deeper rift to form between the two. Maverick says that he won't tell Rooster the truth about this, as there is no point in causing Rooster to also hate his deceased mother.
- At the time of filming, Meg Ryan was 24. Carole was also likely in her mid 20s during the events of Top Gun.