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[about Yeager's bruised ribs
] Jack Ridley
: How bad did you ding 'em? Chuck Yeager
: Well, you might say as I broke a couple of the sons-o'-bitches.
] Chuck Yeager
: Hey, Ridley, ya got any Beeman's? Jack Ridley
: Yeah, I think I got me a stick. Chuck Yeager
: Loan me some, will ya? I'll pay ya back later. Jack Ridley
: Fair enough.
: 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.
: I'm a fearless man, but I'm scared to death of you. Glennis Yeager
: Oh no you're not. But you oughta be.
: Anybody that goes up in the damn thing is gonna be Spam in a can.
: 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.
: [NASA recruiters are talking to test pilots
] You need lab rabbits. Recruiter
: Sorry, I didn't get that. Chuck Yeager
: I said you need lab rabbits to curl up in your damn capsule. With its heart going "pitter-patter". And a wire up the kazook. I don't hold with it. Scott Crossfield
: I don't either. You want a pilot to become a balistic missile. And then splash down - possibly get lost at sea. Pancho Barnes
: See, some peckerwood's gotta get the thing up. And some peckerwood's gotta land the son of a bitch. And that "peckerwood" is called a "pilot".
: [talking to TV
] Attaboy, Gus!
[talking to Yeager
] Jack Ridley
: Pull that stuff on flight test, it's all over for him. I say he screwed the pooch, pardner. Plain and simple. Chuck Yeager
: Yeah, well, sometimes you get a pooch that can't be screwed, ya know? Liaison Man
] Exactly! Right now the President's got his own problems with the Bay of Pigs, he doesn't want the astronauts' image tarnished. Nothing these guys do is gonna be called a failure... But you'd think the public'd know that they're just doing what monkeys have done... Chuck Yeager
: Monkeys? Think a monkey knows he's sitting on top of a rocket that might explode? These astronaut boys, they know that, see? Well, I'll tell you somethin' - it takes a special kind of man to volunteer for a suicide mission, especially one that's on TV. Ol' Gus, he did alright.
: [showing Life Magazine cover with astronaut chimp
] Here he is, Captain Ham!
[pilots all laugh
] Jack Ridley
: Grinnin' like a possum eatin' a sweet potato. Chuck Yeager
: Heh heh.heh heh. Look at the teeth! Jack Ridley
: Does he look like the kinda guy who'd put doo doo in the capsule?