Red alert exercise and preparations by United States Armed Forces.
United States USA Date:1963 Duration:2 min 10 sec Sound:Yes
During Cold War at a NATO airbase, siren for a Red Alert exercise sounds and flight personnel scramble and run from a building with sign, "Bomber Alert Assembly Area." View of crew jumping into a waiting station wagon and then arriving at airfield. A fighter aircraft is fueled. Two American USAF pilots seen in cockpit and view of a B-52 readying for takeoff. View of B-52 taking off from runway as seen from camera mounted low on aircraft behind front wheel. Front view of a line of approaching and taking off B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft. Narrator indicates that half the bomber planes, approximately 600, are on ground alert at all times. Narrator indicates that others are aloft at all times, fully armed with nuclear bombs in belly and missile on the wings. Side view of a B-52 in flight so armed. Aerial view of refueling operations. View of pilot in cockpit of B-52. View as the B-52 Stratofortress joins with a fuel tanker at 6 miles above the Arctic, and 100 thousand pounds of fuel is transferred at 400 miles per hour. 1963.
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