Approved | | Drama, Romance, War
During the Cold War, Air Force Colonel Jim Caldwell shapes up his Strategic Air Command B-52 wing to pass a nuclear war readiness test.
In some ways this is a sequel to Strategic Air Command (1955) made in 1955 and starring James Stewart. Two reasons the sequel was needed were the change in SAC strategy and the switch from B36 and B47 aircraft to B-52 bombers. Somewhat surprisingly, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) did a better job of showcasing the B-52 than this movie did when it premiered about six months later in early 1964.
Well, sir, I used to be a pretty slow "walker" myself. I mean, you really had to build a fire under my tail to get me to move. Then one day, General Hewett dropped in to have a little talk with us. And he built one hell of a fire. Only this one ...
Col. Jim Caldwell: ...
When the B-52 with the fuel leak lands, and has to use brakes to stop instead of the parachute, the fire crews spray the wheels with carbon dioxide fire extinguishers to cool them. This would be against procedure, since rapid cooling of the wheels could cause them to fail and the tires to explode. Instead, the fire crew would have stood by in readiness for a wheel fire and let the brakes cool gradually.