A Gathering of EaglesGoofs
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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.
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.
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.
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.