So who was the better pilot?
-flew a single engine fighter into enemy territory and got the job done.
-Had the help of Chappy
-Had no time for love interest.
-made a Cessna 152 fly like a F-5 and got the landing.
-no formal training.
- swatted some Migs, swats more Migs.
-Had to deal with Goose.
-got the girl and sealed the deal....with a bull dyke.
-flew the F14 into a flat spin and lost it.
-got the Top Gun gig only when the #1 bowed out.
I think Masters could wipe the floor with Maverick, if they jousted in the same a/c type.
Feel free to add more examples of whos better.