The Right Stuff

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The Right Stuff movie poster.

Movie (1983)

Sam Shepard (Chuck Yeager)
Ed Harris (John Glenn)
Dennis Quaid (Gordon Cooper)
Scott Glenn (Alan Shepard)
Fred Ward (Virgil "Gus" Grissom)

(Synopsis needed)

Bell X-1 (Replica)

The first aircraft to break the sound barrier, flown by Chuck Yeager. This replica is now on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

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Boeing B-29A-60-BN Superfortress

The famed CAF B-29 "FiFi", registration N529B, s/n 44-62070 acted as s/n 45-21800, a Boeing B-29-96-BW Superfortress dedicated to carry Bell X-1 and X-1A.
Same aircraft in other work at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).

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Boeing EB-50A Superfortress

The B-29 mothership is too figured by this archive footage of a later Boeing B-50 Superfortress; a scene taken from Jet Pilot - look at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Bell X-1A

Yeager achieves a new speed record of Mach 2 in this.

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Lockheed F-104G Starfighter

At the end of the film, Yeager goes for a new speed record in this. The actual plane flown by Yeager in real life was an NF-104A. Three demilitarized versions with an additional 6,000 lbf (27 kN) Rocketdyne LR121/AR-2-NA-1 rocket engine, used for astronaut training at altitudes up to 120,800 ft (36,820 m).

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Hawker Hunter

After Yeager's Bell X-1 flights, Scott Crossfield sets a new record in the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (represented in this film by a modified Hawker Hunter).

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Beechcraft T-34 Mentor

Beechcraft T-34 Mentor.

Douglas A-4M Skyhawk

In the scene where Alan Shepard is introduced, we see him landing this on an aircraft carrier (the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)), in an A-4M masquerading as an earlier A4D-2.

Douglas A-4M, BuNo 160245.
Douglas A-4M, BuNo 160245.
Douglas A-4M, BuNo 160245.

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II

On the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), we see several A-7 Corsair IIs (inaccurate for this time period) probably masquerading as Vought F8U Crusaders, which they slightly resemble.

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Grumman C-1 Trader

On the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43).

The plane with the folded wings, furthest right

Northrop T-38 Talon

Pilot patches from Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB

Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King

This retrieves Alan Shepard after he re-enters Earth's atmosphere in his capsule.

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Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw

Look how the Choctaw is finely reproducing the real Sikorsky HUS-1 Seahorse seen in When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (last three picture of the section).

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Bell UH-1 Iroquois

Three UH-1s are seen in the movie, a UH-1D painted as a NASA helicopter and 2 US Army UH-1Hs visible in the background during the same scene.

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Lockheed HC-130H Hercules

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North American F-86 Sabre

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Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint

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Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star

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In the background.

Convair F-106 Delta Dart

In the background.

Chrysler Mercury Redstone

Mercury-Redstone 2 (According to the date).


Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7).


Mercury-Redstone 4 (Liberty Bell 7).


Convair Atlas LV-3B

Mercury-Atlas 6 (Friendship 7).


Mercury-Atlas 9 (Faith 7).


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