Convair B-36 Peacemaker

It is almost hard to believe it ever existed. Here is a great scene including the bomber in the 1955 movie, Strategic Air Command starring Jimmy Stewart. Watch the scene then watch the whole movie on Amazon Prime. It is pretty good.

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16 Responses to Convair B-36 Peacemaker

  1. MadBrad says:

    I search for a free version of this movie to show here on a Friday Night several times a year.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    Six turning and four burning… The B-36 had six piston driven engines – 336 sparkplugs to change after every mission – and four jet engines. It was the first true intercontinental bomber. It had the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built, at 230′.

    • DocO says:

      The R-4360 on this baby had 28 cylinders in 4 banks. What a nightmare to maintain. Perhaps the practical limit of a piston plane engine.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        They were stationed in places like Alaska and Thule in Greenland where there were no hangers big enough for them. That meant the ground crews had to work outside in brutally cold conditions. So, yeah, nightmare!

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    I love the exchange between Jimmy Stewart and Harry Morgan. It is just so 1950s.

  4. Sortahwitte says:

    I have a copy of it on dvd. Excellent flic. I try to watch my movies of substance at least once a year. Like “Dr. Strangelove”, “Victory at Sea”, “30 seconds over Tokyo”, “Casablanca”, “The African Queen”, “Zulu”, you get the drift. And, if I find myself in a blue depression, I watch “Blazing Saddles”, the uncensored version.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      The Caine Mutiny

      Sergeant York

      State Fair

      To Kill A Mockingbird

      The Great Escape

      The Sound of Music

      Mutiny on the Bounty (First or second versions)

      Saturday Night Fever

      • DocO says:

        If you want to see how the sensibilities of Hollywood have changed over the years watch the “The Caine Mutiny” and “A Few Good Men” back-to-back.

        In The Caine Mutiny you can see that there was still some understanding of how the military worked and even how its flawed men were part of a noble idea. This is evidenced in one of the final scenes when Jose Ferrer’s character reads the riot act to the just acquitted mutineers fornot supporting their commanding officer. Yes, Caine was a martinet and probably past the point where he should’ve been commanding a destroyer in combat. However, the Jose Ferrer lawyer points out had the crew shown him some loyalty perhaps the incident in which Queeg loss control wouldn’t have been necessitated the mutiny.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw6gwGawbXA

        There is nothing like that in A Few Good Men. The Tom Cruise lawyer character is the hero and the men he defended just a couple of dull witted grunts. In fact you get the impression the whole of the military is composed of low IQ grunts duped into military service and their evil and mendacious officers.

        • DocO says:

          In the screenplay of The Caine Mutiny the lawyer Barney Greenwald has a line about Hitler and the other brown shirts in Germany getting the idea of turning his grand mother into a lamp shade and the only people resisting him were men like Queeg. This allusion to the Holocaust was a bit too much for folks back then apparently.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          You are correct in your analysis. I hadn’t thought of that before.

          I watch the Caine Mutiny every few years. I love everything about that movie… including Ensign Keith’s drop dead gorgeous girlfriend May Wynn played by May Wynn.

          Actress Donna Lee Hickey adopted the name of her character in this movie, May Wynn, as her stage name, and made eight more films under that name. In the novel, May Wynn is itself a stage name.

          • DocO says:

            It’s always a quickening moment when you see one of these beautiful women and realize they’re either dead or an ancient at this point. All is vanity.

            • R.D. Walker says:

              Evidently she is still with us at 89 years old.

            • R.D. Walker says:

              The actor who played Ensign Keith – Robert Francis – died only a year after Caine was made. He died in the crash of a small plane he was piloting.

          • R.D. Walker says:

            In this vein, Adam West’s passing justifies posting a photo of Catwoman Julie Newmar…

  5. Sortahwitte says:

    How The West Was Won

    Unsinkable Molly Brown

    Battle of the Bulge

    2001, A Space Odyssey (until it gets really weird)

    Das Boot

    Blithe Spirit

  6. MadBrad says:

    I like the shots of the military housing just outside of the airfield just after takeoff. The houses weren’t very big but the yards were. More grass for the enlisted men to cut. I search the world over for this movie but cannot find it for free so that it can be published here. It’s an awesome movie.