By Jeff Rovin
A pictorial historical past of the early 40's via early 70's technological know-how fiction videos. Describes many of the videos, the actors who have been in them, and the issues that have been performed to accomplish the results that made sci-fi what it's. vital for any early sci-fi motion picture buff.
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Stewart wanted big airplanes, and the B-17 Flying Fortress and its sister plane, the B-24 Liberator, were the prime bombers in the air force. He fell in love with the powerful and graceful B-17 and checked out easily on the majestic bomber. The 100-hour course at Hobbs would qualify him as a four-engine pilot and aircraft commander, which could be his ticket to combat. Stewart was older and more experienced than his classmates, who were mostly fresh out of advanced flying schools. He loved the big bomber, flew it well, and graduated near the top of his thirty-student B-17 class.
At Sergeant Bluff, Colonel Terrill and his staff put the 445th crews through a sharp and direct schedule of training modeled as closely as possible on the real thing as taught at Orlando. It was showdown time. And in less than three weeks, Colonel Terrill promoted Jimmy Stewart from operations officer to commander of the 703rd Squadron, according to Beirne Lay. Stewart always felt that he was extremely lucky to be with the 445th at the start of his combat career and to come under the influence of a commander of Terrill's caliber and experience.
There, he was assigned as a flight engineer to the crew of a B-24 Liberator bomber in second-phase training. The pilot was Second Lieutenant George Wright of Baltimore, Maryland. From Pocatello, the Wright crew was transferred to Jimmy Stewart's squadron at Sioux City, Iowa. The Wright Crew: (top row, left to right) George Wright, Bob Alexander, Buckey Kroll, and William Witman; (bottom row, left to right) William Cook, Harold "Robbie" Robinson, Kenneth Dabbs, John Van Bogelman, E. 0. Cross, and Marvin Tyler.