Strategic Air Command
Strategic Air Command is a 1955 American military aviation film starring James Stewart and June Allyson, directed by Anthony Mann, and released by Paramount Pictures. It was the first of four Hollywood films that depicted the role of the Strategic Air Command in the Cold War era.
In 1951, Robert "Dutch" Holland (James Stewart) is a professional baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals. A B-29 bomber pilot during World War II, retains a commission as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve, but is in on inactive, non-drilling status. During spring training at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, he is recalled to active duty for 21 months. He reports to his posting at Carswell AFB, a bomber base in Fort Worth, Texas, to qualify in the Convair B-36. He arrives in civilian clothing for which he is rebuked by General Hawkes (Frank Lovejoy), the commander of SAC, and replies that his uniforms are "the wrong color" (implying he has been inactive at least since the Air Force discontinued the brown U.S. Army Air Forces uniform in favor of a blue service dress uniform three years earlier, in 1949). The General's character is clearly patterned after the real SAC commander of the time, General Curtis LeMay.
|author||Beirne Lay, Jr. Valentine Davies|
|keywords||air base air force al lang field army air force b-29 baseball baseball player baseball team boeing boeing b-47 stratojet bomber pilot carswell afb clothe colonel convair b-36 curtis lemay end fly forced landing fort worth kadena air base land macdill afb spring spring training st. louis cardinals thule air base train u.s. army air forces united states air force reserve wing commander world war ii yokota air base|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Story|
|producer||Samuel J. Briskin|