A series of human and computer errors sends a squadron of American 'Vindicator' bombers to nuke Moscow. The President, in order to convince the Soviets that this is a mistake, orders the Strategic Air Command to help the Soviets stop them.
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The conversation in the rec room about automated aircraft has come true; they are so common that they can be purchased for pocket change nowadays. It is worth noting that the B-58 Hustlers in this film (the stand-ins for the "Vindicator" bombers) were the first fly-by-wire planes in military service, this meaning that the controls were electronic and were not directly connected to the hydraulic systems that managed the control surfaces or throttles. A notoriously difficult plane to maintain, it also had one odd feature. The military had the planes upgraded with remotely controlled machine guns, but if the plane was at full speed when fired (faster than a bullet), the bullets actually followed in the direction the plane, but at a slower speed. See more
The sequence that shows the B-58 bombers taking off from Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska, is incorrect. There were never at any time any SAC bases in Alaska, that's all Alaskan Air Command in that area. Moreover, the B-58 "Hustler" has a combat radius of only 1,740 miles, not close to the 4,000 miles each way from Alaska to Moscow. The bomber in real life, unless refueled in air by an Air Force KC-135 tanker somewhere over enemy territory (one thing the Air Force did not do), would run out of fuel not even half way to Moscow. Only the B-36 (with an un-refueled range of 8,000 miles) or the B-52 (with aerial refueling before entering enemy airspace) could possibly have flown the mission depicted in the film. See more
Defense Secretary Swenson
General Stark, are there any papers or documents in New York which are absolutely essential to the running of the United States? General Stark?
No sir. There are important documents, but none of them absolutely essential.
Will there be any warning given? A lot of lives could be saved if people had a few minutes.
Defense Secretary Swenson
On this short notice, an alert to a big city would do more harm than good. It only produces panic.
What about this?
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The sounds of a bullfight crowd is heard in reference to Black's matador dream. Then, the squeal of the Russian ambassador's melted phone which the President stated would be heard when New York City was bombed. See more