John Glenn (performed by Patrick J. Adams) attends a take a look at pilot briefing at Langley Air Power Base. Glenn can be picked as one in all America’s first seven astronauts. [credit:
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It was Tom Wolfe’s e-book The Proper Stuff that instructed me the explanation airline pilots all sound the identical is as a result of they’re all emulating the West Virginia drawl of take a look at pilot Chuck Yeager. Printed in 1979, it was the story of the start of the American house program and the Mercury Seven astronauts.
Nevertheless it was additionally the story of how NASA was a bunch of weenies as a result of once they picked take a look at pilots to be astronauts, they overlooked the best take a look at pilot of all: Chuck Yeager. And it is a story that Philip Kaufman caught with in 1983 when he tailored The Proper Stuff into an excessively lengthy film that solely an aerospace nerd may love.
The inherent superiority of Chuck Yeager over the Mercury Seven will not be a narrative you’ll be taught within the new Disney+ sequence The Proper Stuff, which begins streaming on October 9. “Based mostly on” Wolfe’s e-book and produced by Nationwide Geographic and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Means, this new adaptation correctly chooses to maintain issues targeted on the house race’s first superstars, together with Fits’ Patrick J. Adams as John Glenn and Mad Males’s Aaron Staton as Wally Schirra.Learn 6 remaining paragraphs | Feedback