* GeniusBonus: At one point, Yelland's XO informs him that the Zeroes are coming straight towards the ''Nimitz'' with an armed strike group sitting on the flight deck, at which point Yelland promptly orders the Zeroes shot down. Anyone who knows their UsefulNotes/WW2 history knows that the Japanese carrier ''Sōryū'' was sunk when she was caught in a similar predicament by U.S. warplanes.
* NightmareFuel: When the storm overtakes the ''Nimitz'' the first time, there are some eerie scenes of sailors being overwhelmed by the disorienting effects - in particular, the image of a hand being electrocuted by a control panel.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The plot probably would have been much more interesting had the ''Nimitz'' actually intercepted the Japanese fleet, which would have irrevocably changed the course of history for [[ForWantOfANail better]] or [[NiceJobBreakingItHero worse]]. Instead, it is stopped at the last second by DeusExMachina. Showing a 1980's air force taking on a 1941 air force would probably require modern computer graphics to get it right, though - the model budget would have been HUGE.