The Soviet "MiG-15" fighter plane piloted by Capt. Kovelenko as the movie begins is actually a U.S. Air Force Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, painted with an improvised Soviet "red star" insignia. The two Air Force planes that escort the "MiG" to the American base are North American F-86D "Sabre Dogs," an interceptor version of the famous Korean War jet fighter, distinguishable from earlier versions by the black radome (protecting the radar antenna) on the nose of the plane.
Do you think the Colonel would be fooled by such a ridiculous statement?
Major Chuck Lockwood: If he'll eat Army food, he'll swallow anything!
The MiG shown at the beginning of the film has the letter S written on it. A Soviet aircraft would only use letters from the Cyrillic, not the Latin, alphabet.
Opening credits prologue: U.S. AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS GERMANY
Once upon a time. . . .