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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.
Col. Hollis Farr:
But what about this request for transfer?
Col. Jim Caldwell: I never saw it.
Col. Hollis Farr: Aw, come on! If you stall around on this, all he'll do is go to the Inspector General. Why go out on a limb?
Col. Jim Caldwell: Out on a limb? How in the hell do you think I've been living since I took this job? ...
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.