On its maiden flight, the crew of America's first supersonic transport learns that it may not be able to land, due to an act of sabotage and a deadly flu onboard.



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Cutlass Aircraft has just completed America's first supersonic jetliner, and a host of celebrities and other important people have booked tickets for the maiden voyage, including former sportscaster Lyle Kingman (Martin Milner) and his ex-wife (Susan Strasberg), CEO Paul Whitley (Peter Graves), a soon-to-be married couple (John de Lancie and Season Hubley), Cutlass PR man Tim Vernon (Bert Convy) and his girlfriend Angela (Misty Rowe), television reporter Carla Stanley (Barbara Anderson), grounded pilot Hank Fairbanks (Doug McClure), and legendary aircraft designer Willy Basset (Burgess Meredith). Unfortunately the plane's hydraulic system has been sabotaged by a disgruntled Cutlass engineer (George Maharis), and last-minute passenger Dr. Therman (Brock Peters) has brought a deadly strain of influenza aboard. With no working controls at 60,000 feet over the Atlantic, Captain Walsh (Robert Reed), McClure, Meredith, and Cutlass VP Marshall Cole (Lorne Greene), have to find a way to get ... Written by Christopher M. Buckey

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ONE HOUR AFTER TAKE OFF...SUDDENLY IT HAPPENS! The Inaugural Flight of America's First SST. 250 People Trapped By a Deadly Menace on a Supersonic Giant...And No Airport in the World Will Let Them Land!


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25 February 1977 (USA)  »

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Flight of the Maiden  »

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Did You Know?


Peter Graves and John de Lancie, who played romantic rivals here, would again square off as adversaries in the premiere episode of Mission: Impossible (1988). de Lancie would also go on to co-star in the air disaster TV movie Final Descent (1997), which was similarly set on an airliner with inoperative controls. See more »


There are no mountains in the vicinity of Dakar, Senegal. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Superdome (1989) See more »

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It's so hard to believe...
26 October 2001 | by (Irving, TX) – See all my reviews

That so many good actors would get together in such a bad film. This movie's premise seems to be "take a cast, put them on an SST, and then subject them to trouble after trouble." I also find it hard to believe that so many good actors would have an off day every day of filming and at the same time. How many of their careers didn't get ruined by this film is beyond me, especially that of John de Lancie. Avoid this one at all costs. Airport '79 was a much better film, and Airplane! was a whole lot funnier.

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