Punch a Hole in the Sky: An Oral History of The Right Stuff
As Chuck Yeager recently Tweeted: “Pretty good article on The Right Stuff”, this Wired.com article tells the story of the The Right Stuff movie which brought Tom Wolfe’s book to the big screen in 1983, telling the story of test pilots like Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier and launching toward the exosphere. Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff writer, director) said that Chuck Yeager personified “the right stuff”, so he envisioned a movie based around that central character. As Chuck Yeager, who served as a technical consultant for the movie, refers to the era, “Air Force test pilots who were doing the nitty-gritty work. We weren’t getting free houses or notoriety. We were working our tails off for $250 a month. Many of us were dying in the process. Yeager also is quoted in the article revealing “Some of my friends played extras, such as Korky Kevorkian, a pilot and fruit farmer from Reedley, California. I played a bartender.” Read more.
Chuck got his friend korky Kevorkian a spot in the film. An being Armenians we all get free front row seats.