I loved the movie, the "alert" portion brought back found memories. I was stationed at Beale AFB from the mid to late 60's. Beale had two wings, the 456 Bomb Wing and the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. I was in the 9th, which flew SR
-71's and we didn't participated in any of the "Alert" games. We would all line up on our end the of the apron (which was blocked off with a simple rope and watch the B-52 and the KC
-135's firing up their engines (a Brovo Alert) and sitting there in clouds of black smoke or firing up their engines and taxing out (a Coco Alert) sitting on the taxi ways, only to taxi back about an hour later. It was really awe inspiring to see dozens of multi engine aircraft moving in coordinated mayhem.
My best friend was an assistant crew chief on a B-52 and I would tease him all the time about his "war games"!
In the movie the alert was as Delta Alert, the aircraft actually took off. In my three and a half years at Beale they only had one Delta Alert and I was on TDY when it happened.