Lt. Col. Robert (Dutch) Holland was a third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, not a pitcher. While at spring training a B-36 flew over the field and Dutch was standing on third base. Brewster was his third base replacement when he, Dutch was re-called to duty. The movie clearly depicts this. Written by
The model aircraft seen on Gen. Hawkes' desk in the final scene might appear to be an eight-engined variant of the six-engine B-47 featured in the film, but is actually a prototype B-52 (either XB-52 or YB-52), with a canopy cockpit design similar to the B-47; the design was changed in the production version. See more »
When the B-36 taxis to a stop after a long flight, the "socks" or gun covers are already on the front 20mm cannons. See more »
I have some comments about one comment concerning the movie. First off, no one saw that movie at a SAC base theater. It was banned, and for good reason. The movie portrayed very accurately all the hours that SAC pilots and crewmen spent away from their spouses and family. It implicated the extreme dangers of technologies for strategic warfare that were ever changing and never proved out till some Air Force pilot actually got out and flew those new planes. You can read online about the prop reverse and engine overheat problems that caused fatal crashes. To say that the movie was written, acted, and directed poorly is an unfair assessment. When that movie was created, it was done as well as any other of the times. That any one would even consider making that movie deserves some admiration. I was a SAC brat during those years, and I can tell you that the public was well served by the movie. I lived in Louisiana just due east of Carswell AFB and saw and heard those huge planes flying over. The china in our cupboards would rattle! The only part of the movie that I thought was unrealistic is when the bomber crashed near Greenland. Judging by the terrain that was under the plane, it would have been impossible for that plane to survive to the extent that it did. It's a movie! The B-36 was an immense airplane. It was the only bomber at the time that could fly a long distance with a nuclear weapon. The B-47 was a medium range bomber and couldn't carry the weight of the largest(read big and heavy)weapons of the day. There are parts of a B-36 in the side of Franklin Mountain in El Paso Texas where there was a B-36 wing. I lived at Walker AFB here in NM which also had the B-36. Well those are my comments. Thank you for allowing me to post them. Fine page!
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