Chuck Yeager: Monkeys? You think a monkey knows he's sittin' on top of a rocket that might explode? These astronaut boys they know that, see? Well, I'll tell you something, it takes a special kind of man to volunteer for a suicide mission, especially one that's on TV. Ol' Gus, he did all right.
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?
Jack Ridley: Put the spurs to her, Chuck.
Dwight D. Eisenhower: The first American into space is not going to be a chimpanzee. I want test pilots.
Chuck Yeager: Hey, Ridley, make another note here, would ya? Must be something wrong with this ol' Mach meter. Jumped plumb off the scale. Gone kinda screwy on me.
Jack Ridley: You go ahead and bust it, we'll fix it. Personally, I think you're seein' things.
Chuck Yeager: Yeah, could be. But I'm still goin' upstairs like a bat outta hell.
Chief Scientist: Our Germans are better than their Germans.
Liaison Man: You mean for this "space race", you don't want our best pilots?
Recruiter: I didn't say that. We want the best pilots that we can get.
John Glenn: Annie, listen to me, OK? You listening? If you don't want the Vice President or the TV networks or anybody else to come into the house, then that's it, as far as I'm concerned. They are not coming in, and I will back you all the way, a hundred percent on this. And you tell them that, OK? I don't want Johnson or any of the rest of them to set as much as one TOE inside our house.
Annie Glenn: OK.
John Glenn: You tell them that - that Astronaut John Glenn told you to say that.
Gordon Cooper: I'm not one of those hot dog pilots, I am the hot dog man Himself.
Recruiter: Funding. That's what makes your ships go up. I'll tell you something, and you guys too: No bucks, no Buck Rodgers.
Chuck Yeager: I'm a fearless man, but I'm scared to death of you.
Glennis Yeager: Oh no you're not. But you oughta be.
Lyndon Johnson: Gladiolas! Isn't there anybody who can deal with a housewife?
Gus Grissom: Hey, didja hear that? We're competing with Archie and Jughead.
Gordon Cooper: You boys know what makes this bird go up? funding makes this bird go up.
Gus Grissom: He's right. No bucks, no Buck Rogers.
Girl at Pancho's: I just noticed that a fancy pilot like Slick over there doesn't have his picture on your wall. What do you have to do to get your picture up there anyway?
Pancho Barnes: You have to die, sweetie.