In 1946, the U.S. Navy began top secret tests with modified German V-1 buzz bombs. The goal? To develop a submarine-launched, nuclear guided missile. The tests would lead to the development of the Regulus, a nuclear capable, air breathing cruise missile that flew like a jet aircraft.
Tested in secrecy at Edwards Air Force Base, Regulus would be deployed aboard five SSGs - guided missile submarines. They would undertake the first missile deterrent patrols in the history of the Navy...and the Cold War. Patrolling the stormy waters of the Northern Pacific, the Regulus crews endured long patrols - often with the Soviet navy in depth charge range.
This is the story of the Regulus and the men who made the guided missile submarine a reality. Featuring recently declassified, digitally remastered footage, much of it seen here for the fist time. Narrated by Roy Scheider.
Special supplemental DVD features include: The Navy Gets the Bird - see the mishaps and hard-learned lessons that characterized the early Regulus era, The Regulus Assault Mission - features spectacular footage of Regulus launched from cruisers and aircraft carriers, and interviews with the elite pilots tasked with flying the missile into harm's way, USS Growler Museum Video, archival footage of the never-deployed Regulus II supersonic cruise missile, along with dozens of declassified historic photos, data cards, and fact sheets.
Run time is about 50 minutes for the main feature and 20 minutes for the supplemental segments. Format is NTSC DVD and region-free.