Beale Air Force Base During the Cold War

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KLAXON! The alarm immediately sent the aircrews at Beale Air Force Base, California, scrambling to their alert aircraft in a race to get airborne first. The KC-135 tankers were usually the quickest to taxi out, with the B-52 bombers following closely behind. Soon, the air filled with the rumble of engines as aircraft roared down the runway trailing great clouds of exhaust and disappeared into the skies of Northern California. It was a dramatic scenario practiced many times during the Cold War and one that Universal Pictures filmed at Beale AFB for its movie A Gathering of Eagles, starring Rock Hudson and Rod Taylor.
ISBN: 9781467130813
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 210
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Out of the archives of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing History Office, author James B. Quest compiles a photographic history of Beale AFB during the Cold War. This Strategic Air Command (SAC) base was home to some of the Air Force's most famous weapons systems: B-52 bombers, KC-135 tankers, Titan I and AGM-28 nuclear missiles, and the SR-71 and U-2 spy planes. Here is a rare look at the people, the aircraft, and the community that stood alert, made the sacrifices, and helped win the Cold War.
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