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.
Factual error: Chuck Yeager's sidekick, Jack Ridley, appears in many key events which occurred after 1957, including the climactic 1963 test flight of the NF-104 plane that Yeager ejects from and is picked up by Ridley. Jack Ridley actually died in 1957, when the aircraft he was co-piloting crashed into a mountain in Japan.
Gus Grissom: I did not do anything wrong. The hatch just blew. It was a glitch. It was a - a technical malfunction. Why in hell won't anyone believe me?
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