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Bombers B-52 (1957) Poster

(1957)

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This movie's dedication shown at the end of the film states: "With grateful appreciation for the cooperation of the United States Air Force we proudly dedicate this picture to the crew chiefs and ground personnel - - the indispensable men who contribute so much to our airpower."
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The B-52 Stratofortress bombers weighed 500,000 pounds and could fly at a speed of 650+ miles per hour and travel 17,000 miles without having to land (they could refuel in mid-air).
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Although Natalie Wood received star billing with her name above the title, she actually only had a minor part.
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This movie is a Warner Brother official studio tribute to the B-52 Stratofortress bomber air craft and the United States Air Force.
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An announcement in the December 1957 issue of "The Hollywood Reporter" stated that James Garner would star in this film, but he would pass up having only a minor supporting role.
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Although the opening credits state "And presenting Efrem Zimbalist Jr., he had in fact been a working actor in both films and television for more than ten years.
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This was apparently the first film in which the US Air Force's new B-52 Stratofortress bomber was featured. It appeared in a number of films afterward, notably A Gathering of Eagles (1963), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), and By Dawn's Early Light (1990).
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During shooting, Natalie Wood was named "Miss Stratosphere of 1957" by the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command and "Sweetheart of Castle Air Force Base", the Merced County (California) Air Force base where this film was shot.
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This movie was designed to showcase the US Air Force's brand-new B-52 Stratofortress bomber, and as such the studio received complete cooperation from the Air Force.
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Herlihy drives a 1956 Ford Thunderbird. The car given to Lois as a gift from her dad is a 1956 Ford convertible. The staff cars seen on the base are all 1956 Chevrolets.
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