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That's great news!
I think that it was Roger Ebert that called The Right Stuff "a great American epic" in his review.
The book and the movie had a huge impact in my world in the late 70s and early 80s. It just coincidentally coincided with my young career as a fighter pilot. We all loved the way the book and movie portrayed the culture of which we were a part. Yeager's biography released shortly thereafter, contributing to the fun. We loved the portrayals by Sam Shepard as Yeager and Dennis Quaid as Gordo Cooper. Dennis' line "Who's the best pilot you ever saw?" is iconic in that world.
A dozen years later I was out and into the movie biz. I worked with Dennis the one time he directed. It was a really fun summer near his home near Livingston, MT. We talked a bit about The Right Stuff and became friends. About six months later, Dennis asked me to fly down to Central America with him for a few days to help with a charity he supported. He picked me up in his Citation (that he flew, although also with a professional pilot), and off we went to New Orleans to pick up others, then on to Honduras and Nicaragua.
Upon return, my wife and kids picked us up at the airport and met Dennis. I chose that time to ask a favor of Dennis. I said "Dennis, we have to hear the line. THE line." He didn't catch on for a moment, then realized what I was asking for. He delivered in character as Gordo. "Who's the best pilot you ever saw?" There was a moment of silence, then our five year old daughter broke the silence loudly with "My daddy!!" Dennis roared with laughter. We all did. Great memory. Great guy.