PG | | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.
In the bar scene before Gus Grissom's flight, Deke Slayton is underwater swimming with some girls. Gordo says, "Go get 'em, Deke!" In reality, Deke couldn't swim and never told anyone. When the astronauts started underwater training at Scott Carpenter's suggestion, Deke sank to the bottom and had to be rescued. He subsequently practiced holding his breath underwater in his kitchen sink, according to his wife Marge.
There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles...
Alan Sheppard is seen wearing a helmet from Attack Squadron 122 (VA-122), and flying in an A-4 Skyhawk. VA-122 never flew the A-4.
ABC edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere.
$1,601,167 23 October 1983
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