Iron Eagle stars Jason Gedrick and Louis Gossett Jr. is a 1986 military action film directed by Sidney J. Furie. Doug Masters, son of veteran U.S. Air Force pilot Col. Ted Masters, is a hotshot civilian pilot, hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps. His hopes are dashed when he receives a notice of rejection from the Air Force Academy. Making matters worse is the news that his father has been shot down and captured by the fictional Arab state of Bilya while patrolling over the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the incident occurring over international waters, the Arab state’s court finds Col. Masters guilty of trespassing over their territory and sentences him to hang in three days. Seeing that the U.S. government will do nothing to save his father’s life, Doug decides to take matters into his own hands and come up with his own rescue mission. He requests the help of Col. Charles “Chappy” Sinclair, a Vietnam veteran pilot currently in the Air Force Reserve, who, while not knowing Col. Masters personally, had a favorable run-in with him years prior to meeting Doug and “knew the type.” Chappy is skeptical at first; but Doug convinces him that, with his friends, he has full access to the airbase’s intelligence and resources and can give him an F-16 fighter for the mission. To Doug’s surprise, Chappy had already begun planning a rescue operation himself after he learned the outcome of Col. Masters’ trial. The combined efforts of Chappy and Doug’s team result in a meticulously planned mission and the procurement of two heavily armed F-16B jets, with Doug flying the second unit.