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Elliott Gould (Robert Caulfield)
James Brolin (Charles Brubaker)
Brenda Vaccaro (Kay Brubaker)
Sam Waterston (Peter Willis)
O.J. Simpson (John Walker)
Hal Holbrook (Dr. James Kelloway)
NASA feigns a Mars landing using a real (empty) space shuttle, Capricorn One, sent into space, and its three astronauts, Brubaker, Willis and Walker, filmed on a soundstage at an Air Force base. When the shuttle burns up on re-entry, Brubaker and his men, realizing now NASA will have to produce three corpses to make the hoax complete, escape from the base and are pursued by the government that betrayed them.
NASA helicopter which flies the astronauts to the airstrip after their removal from the shuttle prior to liftoff.
Various planes seen near where the JetRanger takes off from. These include Two Douglas C-133 Cargomasters and an unknown DC-3 variant on the flightline, and a possible Beech 18 variant next to the hangar
NASA jet which flies Brubaker and the others to the top secret desert hangar where they stage the fake Mars landing. Later, they escape in it, but it runs out of fuel over the desert and crashlands.
In the background, under the landing gear of the helicopter, a North American F-100F Super Sabre with the special paint scheme of Flight Systems Inc.
These two helicopters are sent to track down Brubaker, Willis and Walker. The behave eerily like living things despite being piloted by people, as they often stop and turn to face one another as though conversing. Both crash into a cliff during the final chase sequence.
Caulfield rents this biplane from a crazy pilot named Albain, and the pair use it to find and rescue Brubaker. The Hughes helicopters pursue it, but Albain outflies the Army pilots and the trio escape.