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James Stewart flew one combat mission over Vietnam while serving as a reservist and eventually retired as a Brigadier General.
The B-47 cockpit used in the film is now on display at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA.
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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.
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The B-36 and B-47 bomber aircraft showcased in the film were such powerful deterrents against Soviet aggression in the 1950s that neither plane ever had to be used in combat.
James Stewart was a colonel in the US Air Force Reserve, a higher rank than his character (Lt. Col.).
Film debut of Ann B. Davis. She played (uncredited) a waitress, but her part was cut before the film's release.
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One of the C-124A Globemaster IIs (serial #49-0258) in the scene where they are being loaded for the wing's deployment to Japan is under restoration at the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover AFB, DE.
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When MSgt. Bible is introducing Lt. Col. Holland to the crew on his B-36 orientation flight, he introduces the two rear gunners as "Airman Davies" and "Airman Lay," an apparent reference to Valentine Davies and Beirne Lay Jr., the film's screenwriters.
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The character of Gen. Ennis C. Hawkes was based on Gen. Curtis LeMay, the real-life commander of the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command from 1949-57.
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Third of three movies in which James Stewart and June Allyson played husband and wife.
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The film shares multiple casting decisions with The Glenn Miller Story (1954), also directed by Anthony Mann. In both films, James Stewart and June Allyson portray a married couple, Stewart portrays Harry Morgan's boss, and James Bell portrays Allyson's father.
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The character Tom Doyle (the Cardinals' manager) shares his name with the detective in another James Stewart movie, Rear Window (1954).
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