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  •  By the Dawn's Early Light (1+ / 0-)
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    PrahaPartizan

    Since the movie was contemporary with your service experience:

    Does it rank up there at all with Dr. Strangelove and/or Fail Safe?

    Did you ever have a copilot as hot as Rebecca De Mornay?

    "They let 'em vote, smoke, and drive -- even put 'em in pants! So what do you get? A -- a Democrat for President!" ~ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    by craiger on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:39:24 PM PST

    •  I didn't see Dawn's Early Light, (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, KenBee

      but Dr. Strangelove and Fail Safe were both total nonsense.  Both entirely missed the point of positive control and exaggerated the capabilities of the B-52.  The real threats were the ICBM and SLBM.  The manned bomber was just in the picture to complicate the defense and provide a force that could be launched and recalled.

      •  Those movies were made in 1964 (5+ / 0-)
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        JeffW, KenBee, PrahaPartizan, semiot, jds1978

        Fail Safe was based on a book written in 1962.

        A B-52 was still pretty advanced in 1962 and ICBMs were  in their infancy.

        The first really modern ICBMs like the Titan II and Minuteman were just becoming operational at that time.

        If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

        by Major Kong on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:43:24 PM PST

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    •  I like that movie (1+ / 0-)
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      KenBee

      They got the nuclear command-control procedures down pat.

      The plot was a bit cheesy in parts, put pretty good overall.

      The B-52 in the movie was a lot roomier and better lit than in real life.

      Women weren't allowed to fly bombers back then, but we had some women in the tanker community that were in Rebecca De Mornay territory.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:37:03 PM PST

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      •  Did Not Show the PZLT Goggles (0+ / 0-)

        Interestingly, the movie did not show them using the PZLT goggles.  I suspect it's because the plot line depends on the female co-pilot lsing the sight in one eye when she mistakently glances at a close nuclear blast past the edge of a badly arranged blast curtain.

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        by PrahaPartizan on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:47:14 PM PST

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