Yeager is out (he never completed college), but Cooper and Grissom, and many others, compete for spots in the New Frontier.
This is a tale of test pilots, 'pushing the envelope', proving the sound barrier couldn't constrain mankind's reach for space.
The entire world changes when the Russians launch Sputnik, in 1957.
As the American space program struggles to 'catch up', the government realizes that American men will have to go into space, and President Eisenhower wants 'educated' test pilots to fill this role.
Not even a broken rib could hold him back when an opportunity to fly the X-1 was offered.
His record-breaking flight could fill a movie by itself..this is just the BEGINNING of the story!
Jumping ahead a few years, Yeager is joined by a new breed of test pilots, whose total love of flight challenges their relationships, and is the true measure of how they define themselves.Among them are 'Gordo' Cooper (Dennis Quaid), a hot dog jet jockey with an unhappy wife (Pamela Reed, giving an exceptional performance); and Gus Grissom (Fred Ward, in his breakthrough role), coarse and direct, and anxious for his shot at the fastest jets.