|Strategic Air Command Movies
| This web makes
extensive use of graphics. A great many are presented in
context. Many are included in pages that explore a given subject.
For examples, photos of a particular base or those dealing with an
individual wing. Each of the aircraft and missiles has its own
gallery. This gallery presents subjects with a much broader
||Gathering of Eagles
Strategic Air Command
| There have been four
movies made about the Strategic Air Command. The first was
Strategic Air Command starring James Stewart and June Allyson.
Stewart was a WWII bomber pilot, who later became a professional
baseball player. In 1953, he is called back into service and
stuck in SAC by its cigar-smoking commander. He soon flying
B-36s, but is quickly introduced to the new
In Bombers B-52, Carl Maldin, who plays an
aircraft maintenance sergeant. His daughter, Natalie Wood, falls
for a handsome colonel, played by Efram Zembelist Jr., who Dad thinks is a worthless playboy.
Wings of Eagles with Rock Hudson was made about ten years later.
Hudson plays a colonel assigned to a wing that has just flunked two
ORIs (Organizational Readiness Inspection). His job is to whip
the wing into shape.
These movies were made in a age when Hollywood movie moguls
felt that "war movies" had to appeal to the female audience, so what
could have been great films, are primarily soap operas. In
Strategic Air Command and Wings of Eagles,
the hero has recently married and his poor neglected wife is a victim
of SAC's relentless working of her man. It threatens to break
up their marriage. But in the end, the bride comes to understand
that SAC's mission
is more important than anything else and her husband is a good man
because he does his duty to serve his country. It should be noted that this was a
very real issue. SAC had the highest divorce rate of all the
All three of these movies have some good aerial footage,
especially that of the B-36 in Strategic Air Command, but leave
a great deal to be desired. All are available on video tape.
The most famous movie about SAC is Dr. Strangelove, which is
covered on the next page. There have also been movies made about
the Cold War, such as Fail Safe.