My favorite scene in one of my favorite aviation movies, Strategic Air Command, 1955. It's taking off over Fort Worth, where I was a kid going to Bluebonnet Elementary School.

Altho' the B-36 Peacemaker was designed during WW2 with six piston engines (P&W Wasp Majors), two double-jet pods were added soon after. The Majors faced aft, so cooling was a problem - might be better described as “two turning, two burning, two smoking, two choking and two more unaccounted for.”

A big plane. Size matters.


A B-17, B-29, and a B-36. A prize for identifying the fourth aircraft - top center!