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A Gathering of Eagles (1963) Poster

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Factual errors 

In many scenes, officers are wearing hats and caps indoors. Air Force custom dictates that personnel will not wear headgear indoors, except when participating in ceremonies.
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In several scenes, flight line maintenance personnel and command staff officers are not wearing hearing protectors while standing near jet aircraft with running engines. Air Force policy requires personnel to wear hearing protection while around operating engines to prevent permanent hearing damage caused by the extremely loud, high-pitched sound produced by jet engines.
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During an inflight emergency when his B-52 experiences a fuel leak while refueling from a KC-135 tanker, Col Caldwell correctly orders his crew to don oxygen masks so as not to breathe the gas fumes. The crew puts on their masks, but the remaining scenes depicting the emergency show the crew with their masks off again, even though fuel is still leaking and fumes are still present.
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After landing the T-33 chase plane that he flew alongside Col Caldwell's B-52 during the bomber's inflight emergency, Col Farr is seen climbing down from the T-Bird's cockpit. But there is no postflight ground crew or ground power equipment present, and the plane's wheels are not chocked to prevent it from rolling. All these things would have been present during an actual aircraft parking situation.
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The base crew is shown launching B-52's and preparing for a missile launch as well. Missiles were not located on SAC bases but at remote locations throughout the country.
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During the no notice readiness inspection at the end of the film General Kirby is informed that the operation begins at 23:06 ZULU. Zulu time is Greenwich Mean Time so as the Air-Base is near San Francisco the local time for the start of the operation should be 16:06 Pacific Daylight Time and the B-52 aircraft should be taking off in daylight not darkness as seen.
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Plot holes 

Although there were no missiles at Hamilton AFB, where the movie takes place, there were NIKE missiles located at Fort Barry, 19 miles away, Fort Cronkite, 21 miles away and Angel Island, 22 miles away. During a SAC drill, these bases would also participate, so it is conceivable that these scenes shown in the movie would be happening.
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