Strategic Air Command (1955) Poster


The B-47 cockpit used in the film is now on display at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA.
James Stewart was a Colonel in the US Air Force Reserve, a higher rank than his character (Lt. Colonel), when the film was made.
James Stewart flew one combat mission over Vietnam while serving as a reservist and eventually retired as a Major General.
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 to 1957.
One of the C-124A Globemaster IIs (serial number 49-0258) in the scene where they are being loaded for the wing's deployment to Japan is currently under restoration at the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover AFB, Delaware.
Film debut of Ann B. Davis. She played (uncredited) a waitress, but her part was cut before the film's release.
The B-36 and B-47 bomber aircraft showcased in the film were such powerful deterrents against Soviet aggression in the 1950's that neither plane ever had to be used in combat, verifying the Strategic Air Command's motto of "Peace Is Our Profession."
The model aircraft seen on Gen. Hawkes's desk in the final scene might appear to be an eight-engine 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.
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 screenplay authors.
Third of three movies where James Stewart and June Allyson played husband and wife.
Harry Morgan also played Chummy MacGregor in The Glenn Miller Story--another movie where Jimmy Stewart plays his boss (Glenn Miller) and is on-screen husband of June Allyson.

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