Corrected entry: Aboard the Navy helicopter Senator Chapman slugs a Navy seaman in the head, knocking the sailor out cold on the first punch. But the sailor was wearing a helmet, hard on the outside and padded on the inside. It's not all that easy for an average person to knock someone out bare-handed; it's probably nearly impossible to do so through a helmet that's designed precisely to protect the head from hard impacts.
Corrected entry: Senator Chapman demands some dry clothes aboard the carrier, and is given a khaki naval uniform, which fits him adequately. But Chapman, played by Charles Durning, is a rather portly fellow. The U.S. Navy has weight restrictions, and no one of that weight is going to be doing duty on a carrier deployment. The ship's stores wouldn't have uniforms that large.
Corrected entry: Late in the story the Time Storm reappears. The Captain and his XO watch it approach through a window on the ship's bridge, and quickly debate if they should try to outrun it. They're far out in the Pacific Ocean, but what's visible through the window looks like dry land, with greenery and some buildings. The scene must have been shot while docked at port.
Corrected entry: Senator Chapman demands a dry set of clothes, and is shown being given a set of clothes comprising dark blue trousers and a light blue shirt (Laurel Scott is shown being issued the same later on). However, when Senator Chapman next appears he's wearing a completely different set of tan Officers kit.
Corrected entry: In the scenes where the aircraft are launching from the carrier to meet the attacking Japanese force, there is a shot from the little glass roofed room on the deck of a plane getting launched on the catapult. As the camera pans from the side to the front of this shot following the plane, you will see that when the camera is pointing towards the front of this little glass bubble room, there are cracks in the glass that look like bullet holes. What is that? It's only in one pane and it looks like one or more bullets were shot through there. It has nothing to do with the movie as they never take any direct attack, and I find it odd that any operational carrier would be out on duty with prior unfixed battle wounds. Maybe the carrier they shot this on saw actual battle and then was retired and they left it like that for history's sake? (01:28:25)
Corrected entry: Right before the end credits, you see the black limo driving down the pier, away from the Nimitz. Though she is supposedly docked in Pearl Harbor, the pier in question is actually "Pier 12" at Norfolk Naval Station and if you note the direction the chauffeur is headed, the occupants are about to get very wet... he is heading the wrong way... off the end of the pier!
Corrected entry: In the scene where the two F-14s are refueling, the shots from the plane's cockpits are actually of KC-135s - not the KA-6Ds which are shown taking off from the carrier and which would be the real aircraft which would refuel Tomcats. The successive shots keep switching from KC-135 to KA-6D and back again. The KC-135 is an Air Force aircraft that could not be launched from a carrier.
Corrected entry: When Senator Chapman (Charles Durning) is landed on the Nimitz, he asks his assistant, "what kind of machine was that that they picked us up with?" He is referring to the helicopter. Yet helicopters, although primitive, existed in the early 40s, and most people in America were familiar with autogyros, which had been around since the late 1920s.