The aircraft carrier on which the movie takes place is actually a wooden deck built on the edge of a cliff at a deserted Marineland facility. The film was shot at an angle that made the deck look like a ship at sea.

Valeria Golino claims the scene in which she catches an olive popped out of her bellybutton was accomplished without trick photography.

Topper Harley's name comes from Harley-Davidson's 1960's motor scooter, the Harley Topper.

Chosen for the UK's 1991 Royal Film Performance, attended by the Queen.

Topper's real first name is Sean. This can be seen on his ID badge in Ramada's office during their first meeting.

Some of the previews for the film jokingly claimed that Saddam Hussein's role was played by himself.

Charlie Sheen remarks before a particularly energetic fight sequence, "I learned this one from Paula Abdul." Paula Abdul was married to Charlie Sheen's brother, Emilio Estevez, at the time of the film's release.

The role of Admiral Benson was first offered to Leslie Nielsen who declined & is supposed to have told director Jim Abrahams "I think I've done enough spoof movies with you". The role was then offered to Lloyd Bridges, who had also appeared with Nielsen in Abrahams' Airplane! (1980). Which, if true, would be very interesting given that Nielsen would star in Naked Gun 21/2 That same year.

Lloyd Bridges replaced George C. Scott

Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Ryan Stiles would later work together in Two and a Half Men (2003).

The planes used were Folland Fo-145 Gnats, a British fighter/trainer used by the RAF's Red Arrows aerobatics team until 1979.

The enemy are flying in the Northrop T-38 Talon, twin-jet trainer, airplanes built for the US Air Force as a supersonic training airplane for pilots and astronauts.

At the beginning, when Topper is talking to the chief, the conversation is pure nonsense, including the words Itasca, Minnehaha, Winnebago, dipthong, rickshaw, and names of some of the Jackson family: Latoya, Tito, and Jermaine.

Some previews contain this scene, which was not in the movie: Ramada asks Kent Gregory if there's a cue ball in his pocket, or is he just glad to see her, and Kent produces a cue ball.

During the helium peace pipe scene, much of the Native American dialog is just names of cities and towns in Minnesota (Owatonna, Mendota, Orono, etc...)

Lloyd Bridges refers to a fellow, saying that he, "used to scuba with that man." In the late fifties and early sixties Bridges was best known as the star of the scuba-diving detective series Sea Hunt (1958).

The aircraft used in this movie, the Folland Gnat T.Mk.1 two seat trainer, were never used in American service, neither were they ever capable of operating from aircraft carriers although the Indian Air Force, which used the single seat fighter version, did do a feasibility study of operating the type from their aircraft carriers, mainly to due to lack of options for carrier based aviation at the time. This was the first evidence that the aircraft carrier used in the movie was not real, but actually a prop. Gnats were British-made aircraft used by the Red Arrows aerobatic team. Ironically, the Gnats in the Indian Air Force earned the nickname "Sabre Slayer" after an unblemished combat record of shooting down technically superior Pakistani Air Force Canadair (license-built) F-86 Sabres during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and the Bangladesh Liberation War 1971.

Kristy Swanson (Kowalski) would again star alongside Charlie Sheen three years later in "The Chase"

As the credits start, we see the images of Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson, 'Mail Man's Farnham, and Elvis because they are all dead by the end. Dead Meat, and Mail Man die during the film's story and Elvis is mentioned in conversation. "Let him go, Topper. The King is gone."

When Mary and Dead Meat are talking on the flight line, a real McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II 65-0704 is shown in the background. It went (MSN 1748) to AMARC as FP914 Apr 12, 1993. On civil registry as N404AV and is still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008.

The scene where Ryan and Buzz experience turbulence due to the plane part being detached from its body References Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry

One of the other aircraft in "The Navy" markings, flying with the Folland Gnats and seen in some other scenes, is a Marchetti S-211.

The dialogue between The Elder and Topper is gibberish. The Elder's language includes such words as "Rickshaw" and "Diphthong". Topper replies with, "Managua" (Nicaragua) and Minnehaha (from "The Song of Hiawatha" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Charles Barkley, Bill Laimbeer: re-enacting their infamous on-court brawl.