MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.
Best's lung problems were caused by an element of his rebreather overheating, which created caustic soda to be generated. The rebreather contains a filter that removes carbon dioxide from expelled breath, making it possible to "re-breathe" expelled oxygen. This is supplemented by another tank containing oxygen to make up the difference. Best had contracted tuberculosis in his youth but it had remained dormant, contained in nodules that were sealed over in response to the initial infection. The caustic fumes penetrated these nodules, releasing the tuberculosis. He was later treated for it and cured. While his lungs had sustained some permanent damage, he was eventually returned to good health. See more »
When Admiral Halsey dismisses Bruno Gaido after his promotion, they are inside and Halsey salutes first. Salutes are usually not exchanged indoors, and the junior person should salute first. However, officers sometimes salute junior personnel as a sign of great respect. After Gaido shot down a Japanese bomber from a parked aircraft, Halsey might salute a hero whenever and wherever he wished. See more »