Fatal Method Acting: The stuntman portraying Chuck Yeager's bailout of the crashing F-104. His helmet filled with smoke, and he didn't get his parachute deployed. Also a strange bit of Truth in Television, as Yeager actually collided with his seat after ejecting, and his helmet filled with liquid explosive materials, similarly filling his helmet with smoke and burning his face to a cinder. The aftermath is portrayed in the Out of the Inferno shot listed on the main page.
Negated Moment of Awesome / What Could Have Been: In both real life and discussed in the film, Chuck Yeager was passed over for the space program. Despite being someone who is now considered to be one of the greatest pilots in the history of aviation, NASA was looking for college graduates. Yeager never attended college, nor West Point or Annapolis, but instead was an enlisted man recruited as a pilot and therefore field-commissioned after the US entered the war. Could anybody imagine how utterly awesome it would've been had Chuck Yeager become an astronaut?note Hopefully he wouldn't have been one of the ones in the Apollo 1 fire, though.