Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Aviation In Film History: Strategic Air Command

Here is the second entry in our new series about airplanes and Hollywood.

In 1955, Jimmy Stewart - a celebrated United States Army Air Forces flyer and superb actor - and June Allyson starred in Strategic Air Command, a 1955 film best-known for its aerial sequences involving the Convair B-36 Peacemaker. This behemoth of an aircraft was powered by ten engines, six piston and four jet. It still holds several superlatives - largest, longest, first, and more - sixty years after entering service as an early weapon of the Cold War.

The B-36 dwarfed the B-29 Superfortress, the largest aircraft in service in World War II.

Only once did OTR see this magnificent aircraft in flight, but it left a lasting impression on a kid already fascinated with flying machines.

Here is the Peacemaker's takeoff sequence from the film:

And here's a brief video on the B-36 story:

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