Call to Glory

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Call to Glory
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Genre Action
Created by Ronald M. Cohen
Directed by Thomas Carter
Starring Keenan Wynn
Craig T. Nelson
Cindy Pickett
Elisabeth Shue
David Hollander
Gabriel Damon
Composer(s) Charles Gross
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Location(s) Beale Air Force Base, Marysville, California, USA
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Tisch-Avnet Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Original release August 13, 1984 – June 30, 1985

Call to Glory is an American drama that aired for 22 episodes during the 1984–1985 TV season (specifically from August 1984 to February 1985) on the ABC network.

The show focused on USAF pilot Colonel Raynor Sarnac (Craig T. Nelson) and his family, living near Edwards Air Force Base, where Sarnac was stationed during the early 1960s.

Heavily promoted during ABC's broadcast of the 1984 Summer Olympics, the pilot episode aired August 13, 1984. The first episode related to the U-2 flights over Cuba during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. During its production run, the show came to focus more on the loneliness experienced by wife Vanessa Sarnac (Cindy Pickett) while stationed on base and what she and the family would do to spend time in productive pursuits while enduring the Antelope Valley's then more noticeable isolation from civilization.

The series also starred Elisabeth Shue in one of her early roles as the Sarnacs' daughter.



Craig T. Nelson received familiarization rides in USAF jets at Edwards Air Force Base during the filming of the series, including flights in the T-38 Talon, the F-4 Phantom II, and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. On one particular flight in the F-16, the aircraft suffered an electrical failure. Nelson and his pilot prepared to bail out, however, the pilot was able to safely land the aircraft.

Call to Glory was filmed at Laughlin Air Force Base on Val Verde County, Texas near Del Rio, Texas.

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