TIL the bartender in The Right Stuff, who chews out Gordon Cooper, calling him a “rookie” and a “pud-knocker,” is Florence Barnes, who held the women’s world speed record (taking it from Amelia Earhart), and worked as a stunt pilot in Hollywood. The other bartender was Chuck Yeager.

Read more: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pancho-Barnes

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