Corrected entry: A trained US Naval aviator would not pull up to get away from a rocket missile because a Surface to Air missile will climb at least twice as fast as the depicted non-supersonic jet fighter. (00:21:15 - 00:22:40)
Corrected entry: When Admiral Reigart is talking to Lt Burnett in his office about Burnett's resignation papers, they talk about being at war or not. The admiral says that they are always at war unless tied up in San Diego bay. No ship that size would be in San Diego bay. They are based in San Diego Harbor. This is not a mistake the admiral would make.papajim
Corrected entry: After Burnett changes his uniform and runs away from the soldiers, he and the other man run to the pick up site just to watch the chopper turn around. During that time, the Bosnians release TV footage of a dead man telling Americans it's Burnett, and the American TV does a little news update about it. But the run only took them ten minutes, how could anyone have enough time to release news about it?
Corrected entry: When Burnett and Stackhouse eject from the jet, one of the seats (most likely Burnett's) lands with extreme force near the statue with half a face. But the pair seem to travel several miles away from there very quickly, and Burnett does not reach that place until the end of the film and many clicks later.Kai
Corrected entry: The landmines that both Owen Wilson and the Serbian soldier encounter are known as prom-1. These have a firing pin in them so when you step on them they go off. So when the soldier steps on it in the woods, it would have gone off instantly. Plus, they are a bouncing betty type mine, which means when they fire, they come up about three feet in the air and explode to take out your internal organs. This didn't happen in the factory scene, where you can see smoking holes.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the on-board camera is activated to photograph troop movements, there is a cut to a close-up of a rectangular green indicator light labeled 'REC' switching on. The function of this indicator is to show that the radar system is in receive-only mode (to avoid detection). It is completely unrelated to any surveillance system which may be installed.
Corrected entry: The dropped fuel tanks would not have acted like they did. They are of a soft aluminum alloy and break apart on impact with the fuel flying everywhere. There would be no spark because the tank would not give one off. Also, the fuel is not 'jet fuel' as was once used. It is a diesel derivative that does not ignite when lit. This is a safety issue that all NATO forces use to prevent fires.
Corrected entry: When Owen Wilson gets to the original rendezvous point he calls up the carrier. Gene Hackman informs him that they can no longer pick him up there and to head for a safe zone. After a short argument Wilson cuts transmission when he hears the Serb troops coming. Hackman then asks the comms staff "Where is he?" to which they reply that they don't know. He tells them to triangulate the signal to locate Wilson's position. How come they don't know his position when he was at a rendezvous point that they gave him the coordinates for?
Corrected entry: Considering how thin is the ice on the lake at the end of the movie there is no way an airplane seat fallen from several hundred feet would not break right through.
Corrected entry: The entire premise of the story is that a lone patrol fighter is shot down. There is no way in hell that a fighter would ever go on patrol alone, simply to prevent such an occurrence. The 'wing man' cliche of Top Gun is an iron-clad rule that is never, EVER broken. This is the case with all NATO forces particularly in a volatile situation like Yugoslavia.
Corrected entry: Early in the movie, when Gene Hackman is berating Owen Wilson for wanting to resign from the Navy, "Admiral" Hackman refers to the ship they are on as a boat. Not even an 18-year-old Seaman Apprentice fresh out of boot camp would make such a grievous error in basic naval terminology.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the French commander lands on his chopper on board the carrier, you can see that the chopper is a SH-60 Seahawk and that it's carrying NATO markings. This is incorrect because the only aircraft that NATO operates are E-3C AWACS aircraft. They do not operate any other aircraft, especially not helicopters. In reality, the French commander would have arrived in a French helicopter (probably a Super Puma), as the French do not operate the SH-60 Seahawk.