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Strategic Air Command movie
The cool video in this post shows some neat clips of the awesome Convair B-36 strategic bomber taking off and landing.
The footage is taken from James Stewart’s Strategic Air Command movie and has been re-edited in 4 K so, as told in the video description, if you have a big screen 4 K or 8K tv this looks awesome.
Strategic Air Command is a 1955 American military aviation film starring James Stewart and was the first of four Hollywood films that depicted the role of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in the Cold War era.
The B-47 Stratojet, the newest bomber of Strategic Air Command
My father was a navigator /bombardier in the B-47. Strategic Air Command was the movie that my parents watched on their first movie date. This movie introduced B-47 Stratojet as the newest fastest bomber in the world. This aircraft was ready for serious business, armed with a MK 28 1.1 Mt hydrogen bomb.
My parents Dad, Richard Sheffield, and my Mom, Rosie Chard, met each other on a blind date in Sacramento, California. Dad had a really nice bright red Oldsmobile that he bought the day he graduated from Cadets.
He had sold an old car a few years before while he was a college student at Wheaton. With no plans to get married and certainly no plans to start a family, the monthly payments were hefty. He wanted to treat himself with the car of his dreams. He agreed to go on the blind date reluctantly because his Buddy did not have a car. My mother also did not want to go on a blind date. Neither one of them had ever been on one before.
A blind date is when you’re set up by your friends to go out with a stranger that your friends approve of but you’ve never met.
When Dad saw my Mother, he knew she was the one for him. It was love at first sight. My mother had an excellent job as a secretary at Procter & Gamble. She was also going to modeling school. She looked like a movie star; after dating each other for four months, they eloped and got married at Reno, Nevada.
Born into the wild blue yonder
A year went by, my young parents are both 23 years old when they were anxiously awaiting the birth of their first child (myself). Alone in a southern town without any family the agreement was my mother and the baby would stay in the hospital until my father came back from flying bomb runs in Europe.
The Air Force could not wait for my mother to go into natural labor. This was a matter of national security. The doctors induced my mother into early labor, so that my father could see his firstborn child before he left for two weeks.
The Air Force song I heard thousands of times during my childhood starts like this …. Off we go into the wild blue yonder flying high into the sky.
It was my destiny and honor to be born into the wild blue yonder.
The Air Force was new, B-47 was new, and so was I!
Be sure to check out Linda Sheffield Miller (Col Richard (Butch) Sheffield’s daughter, Col. Sheffield was an SR-71 Reconnaissance Systems Officer) Twitter Page Habubrats SR-71 and Facebook Page Born into the Wilde Blue Yonder for awesome Blackbird’s photos and stories.
Photo credit: Linda Sheffield Miller