The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff (1983)

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Corrected entry: When Yeager hits Mach 1 and the X1 is vibrating, the windscreen cracks. Very dramatic, and totally untrue; nothing of the sort happened. At that altitude the cockpit would have explosively decompressed if the windscreen had given way.

Correction: The film does not show the canopy breaking during the X-1 flight when he breaks Mach 1. Gauges crack, But the canopy remains intact. However, during his X1a flight he did, in fact, hit his head on the canopy and broke it. This is depicted correctly in the film.

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Corrected entry: When Sam Shepard is dropped from the B-29 mothership he hits four switches to fire the rocket engines that are all right next to each other. The real X-1 had the switches for each rocket engine located far more apart from each other making it impossible to throw them all at once.

Correction: http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Photo/X-1/Medium/E49-00010.jpg - The four switches in the lower left (2 are hidden) are the ones in question. It looks like they got it right.

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Factual error: In the Vostok launch clip, it shows Yuri Gagarin lifting off at night. The actual liftoff occurred during the day, at 9:07 AM (Moscow Time). Plus the rocket shown in the launch clip isn't even a Vostok rocket, it's a later variant used by the current Soyuz spacecraft. (Evident by the color, and on the top of the rocket is a Soyuz escape system). (01:43:50)

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