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(2005 TV Movie)

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Character error 

The pilot refers to Oakland flight center. The actual flight center is in Fremont, CA and called "Fremont Center".
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The Ensign that asked the fighter pilot to repeat what he said, said "REPEAT" when military protocol requires a radio operator to say "SAY AGAIN" when requesting one to repeat what they said.
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Factual errors 

During the plane's decent after shutting off the fuel pumps, the altimeter is shown with the hands moving counter clockwise which is normal in a descent. However, the altimeter setting (the small window on the right of the altimeter marked 29.9, 30.0, etc) is also moving. This is not an indicator, but a setting of the current barometric pressure which is set by the pilot. It would not move due to a change in altitude.
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In the film the decompression of the aircraft lasts at least three minutes, and is described as an "Explosive Decompression". In reality a decompression classed as "Explosive" lasts just 0.1 SECONDS. Also a hole five feet across decompresses an aircraft in a fraction of a second.
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Fighter jets are not able to track the rate of descent of a stricken target. A nearby AWACS might have alerted the controllers to the surprising response of what they presumed was the target drone, but the fighter jet pilot could not have.
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The missile fired from the F-18 is an AIM-9 Sidewinder. The Sidewinder is a short-range heat-seeking missile, and would have insufficient fuel to fly 480 miles to an airborne target. The operational range of the AIM-9 is about 11 miles. As a heat-seeker, it would not rely upon radar for guidance as shown in the movie.
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