1958 ... 'Steve Canyon' tv show
'Steve Canyon' began as a long running newspaper adventure comic strip. The strip was created by Milton Caniff in 1947, the same year as the Air Force became a separate service.
In 1958, Dean Fredericks played Col. Canyon in 34 episodes of the television version on NBC.
Fun for Cold War weirdos and plane enthusiasts, boring for normal folk.
Episodes display very accurate details and are focused on hardware and training. Dean Fredericks went on to star in 'The Phantom Planet' in 1961.
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