Absolutely beautiful filming though, particularly the latter part when flying through clouds and into the dusk, magic. The B-36 (which if I remember correctly first flew in 1946, when it used just one main-wheel on each side instead of the production versions shown here) was not produced in the numbers that the later B-52 was (latter somewhere about 700), but the US taxpayer had a huge investment in the B-36 fleet (a quick tote up comes to 385 B-36s, including prototypes). As can be seen in the film, when (presumably American) fighters make a pass, the B-36 would have been mincemeat for Soviet cannon-armed jets, even of the MiG-15 and -17 types. David D
interesting snippet from Wikipedia about the movie that this is from ("Strategic Air Command")
Shot in the new VistaVision process, the film was the sixth highest-grossing film of 1955. Critics were lukewarm about the performances of all except for Stewart, who was called "capable", "charming", and "competent". Public reaction centered on the spectacular aerial footage, so much so that the B-36 and B-47 aircraft were arguably the real stars of the film. Its release led to a 25 percent increase in Air Force enlistments.
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