the Korean War, U.N. forces learn to depend on the Air Rescue Service
branch of the American Air Force, whose dedicated pilots often getting
in great danger while using their helicopters to rescue the wounded.
Edwards is in turn cautioned by Lt. Col. Philip Stoneham, that his
unit has had more helicopters out of commission than any other, and
that he must improve his safety record.
The next evening, Edwards commands Stacy to accompany him during a
briefing, which they explain the ARS's function. Edwards then explains
that due to the limited range of the helicopters, they have an ARS
station on one of the northernmost islands held by U.N. troops, although
it is deep in enemy territory. While they fly over enemy territory,
Stacy sees an abandoned enemy truck and decides to use its gasoline
in the helicopter.
Later, when Slats lowers the sling, Smiley is killed by enemy fire,
and Stacy is shot in the chest. Finally, Edwards relays the enemy's
position and jet pilot Sam bombs them. Edwards lands and rescues Stacy
and his crew, and later, after he has recuperated, Stacy proudly delivers
Edwards' speech about the ARS to a new group of jet pilots.
Sterling Hayden - Capt. Russ Edwards
Arthur Franz - Lt. Pete Stacy Marshall Thompson - 2nd Lt. Tim Vernon
Leo Needham - SSgt. 'Slats' Klein
Jay Barney - Lt. Col. Stoneham
John Dennis - MSgt. Joe Murdock
Michael Colgan - Medic Capt. Larsen
Andy Andrews - Lazy Joker Two
Dale Hutchinson - Blue Boy Three-Gene