Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Nick "Goose" Bradshaw was a Naval Flight Officer and Maverick's R.I.O., or Radar Intercept Officer. While clearly able to enjoy himself and have a good time, Goose was clearly more level headed than his partner Maverick, which is shown through his family and slightly more serious personality. He's a skilled R.I.O. athe ejected Canopy upon ejection and it broke his neck instantly. His parachute managed to activate and he gently landed in the ocean below, where Maverick pulled his body into the life-raft. Maverick blamed himself for Gooses' death, and when he gave Goose's personal belongings to his wife Carol, she revealed that "He loved flying with" him and that even though he would have hated it, "he would have flown anyway, without" Maverick. Maverick kept Goose's Dog tags with him and when he found himself losing the edge in his first engagement after graduation, he held them and Goose's memory gave him the courage to reengage the enemy.  After shooting down four enemy MiGs, battle Maverick threw the dog tags into the ocean after he realized that Goose

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will never leave his side in spirit.

This character is based very heavily on the real life person,