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Major General Ira N. (Bus) Beal
Major General Ira N. (Bus) Beal, commanding general of Ocanara Air Force Base. Brooding unhappily over troubles of his own, he appears unaware of the seriousness of certain tensions that have developed on the huge base until an accident occurs during a parachute jump. General Beal immediately arouses himself from his melancholy and directs rescue operations with all his old skill and resourcefulness.
Colonel Norman Ross
Colonel Norman Ross, General Beal’s air inspector and resourceful assistant in the complicated running of huge Ocanara Air Force Base.
Lieutenant Willis, a black pilot who violates the right of way and nearly collides with a plane piloted by General Beal. He is struck and hospitalized by Lieutenant Colonel Benny Carricker.
Lieutenant Colonel Benny Carricker
Lieutenant Colonel Benny Carricker, General Beal’s co-pilot, who strikes and hospitalizes Lieutenant Willis, thus triggering a series of problems and tensions, including a near riot, at Ocanara Air Force Base.
Brigadier General Nichols
Brigadier General Nichols, assistant to the commanding general of the Air Force. A sympathetic and tolerant man, he understands the problems of Ocanara Air Force Base at a glance.
Mr. Willis, Lieutenant Willis’ father.
Sal Beal, General Beal’s wife.
Cora Ross, Colonel Ross’ wife.
Lieutenant Edsell, a writer assigned to Special Projects.
Lieutenant Lippa, a WAC in love with Lieutenant Edsell.
Captain Nathaniel Hicks
Captain Nathaniel Hicks, an officer in Special Projects.
Second Lieutenant Amanda Turck
Second Lieutenant Amanda Turck, a WAC.
Colonel Mowbray, an officer on Ocanara Air Force Base.
Chief Warrant Officer Botwinick
Chief Warrant Officer Botwinick, Colonel Mowbray’s assistant.
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