A notable line from the film Top Gun, spoken at the beginning of the film when Maverick (played by Tom Cruise) asks a flyover. The tower declined his request, saying, "negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is filled." Fans of the film use the quote to express their displeasure. In reality, it's just part of a code used by air traffic controllers to tell other controllers that they have an incoming flight on their radar screen.
The phrase comes from negative ground effect, which occurs when an aircraft has too much lift for the available runway length. If this condition persists, it can lead to stalling or crashing. The Ground Effect Page on NASA's website explains that "the effect is most noticeable on small aircraft where even a slight increase in wing area can make a large difference in how far you can take off before reaching critical ground speed."
In the movie, this happens when Maverick flies over Virginia looking for a new job. The character of Goose tells him that all the towers along the East Coast are full so he should try west coast cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco. When Maverick asks why they aren't taking off, the controller replies, "negative Ghost Rider".
This means that there is a plane on the controller's screen that they cannot contact. Controllers use this phrase when they need time to search for an unresponsive flight or when another flight is approaching and might cause a conflict on the runway.
Maverick's plane's call-sign is 'Ghost Rider,' which was the name of an actual F-14 squadron (VF-142), and a mockup of a Tomcat from that squadron can be seen behind Sundown in the picture when Maverick tells Slider he smells. Further evidence that this is true can be found on the Internet Movie Database, where it is listed as such.
Also, Reed apparently has ties to the motorcycle club culture of Los Angeles, since several actors who have played major roles in movies about motorcycles have been members of the MC. They include Emilio Estevez (as Hector Salazar), Charlie Sheen (as Carl Beck), William Fichtner (as Domino), Ben Affleck (as Matt Reeves), and Ali Larter (as Grace Park).
Sheen left the club after getting into a fight with another member over a girl, but returned later after being pardoned by the president. Fichtner also left and never came back again. Estevez is not known to be a member now, but he did ride in some chapters' parades back in his Hollywood days.
Finally, there is evidence that Reed himself is a big fan of motorcycling. He has said in interviews that his favorite movie is The Getaway, which stars Steve McQueen and James Coburn.
Ghost Rider is a 2007 American superhero film based on the same-named Marvel Comics character. Mark Steven Johnson wrote and directed the picture, which stars Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, as well as Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott, Donal Logue, Matt Long, and Peter Fonda in supporting parts. The film follows Blaze, who has been given one week to live due to an experiment gone wrong, that transforms him into a ghost rider capable of traveling through time via his soul. He sets out to save others by any means necessary including fighting criminals and other supernatural beings.
Ghost Rider is owned by Columbia Pictures with distribution by Sony Pictures Releasing. It was released in theaters on February 23, 2007. The film received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success earning $78 million worldwide.
In the Marvel Comics Universe, Jonathan "Johnny" Blaze is a demonic superhero. He is the second Marvel character to go by the moniker Ghost Rider, after the Western hero later known as the Phantom Rider and before Daniel Ketch. The first Ghost Rider was a noble anti-crime fighter who did not exhibit supernatural abilities.
Blaze is driven by vengeance against those that have wronged him or his loved ones. This often includes drug dealers, rapists, and other violent criminals. He believes that by riding out into the night on his motorcycle, he can catch up with them and give them what for. This activity has caused him to become addicted to drugs and alcohol which have damaged his body over time.
He was born in Brownsville, Texas, to an ordinary family man named John Francis Blaze. When Johnny was still young, his father was killed by one of his targets, a criminal named Ruben Diaz. After this incident, his mother moved her family to San Francisco so she could get away from her husband's past crimes. There, she started a new life and worked at an office job until she got pregnant with her next child. At this point, she decided to leave her job and move back to Texas to take care of her son. She never returned to California again.