Douglas C-124A Globemaster II (Bill Larkins)
Douglas C-124A Globemaster II (Bill Larkins)

I’ve been watching a fair amount of PlutoTV lately, and the movie Strategic Air Command (1955) has been on a lot. The film stars Jimmy Stewart as an Air Force Reserve bomber pilot who walks away from his postwar baseball career to go back on active duty flying the B-36 our of Carswell AFB in Texas before transitioning to the B-47 flying from McDill in Florida. It’s not a great film, at least the story is kind of hokey, and it’s really just a propaganda film about how our nuclear Air Force is actually preventing war with the Russkies. However, the aerial footage is stunning, and the scenes of the early Cold War iron are great: Peacemakers, Stratojets, Globemaster IIs, C-97s, KC-97s, etc. It’s a time capsule of 1950s SAC aviation, complete with a cigar-chomping knock off of Curtis LeMay.

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