Although the Project Quantum Leap isn't ready yet, Sam Beckett doesn't listen to supercomputer Ziggy, hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot about to attempt a dangerous flight. Sam finds his memory Swiss cheesed, with only enough left to know that he is not where or when he belongs. According to Sam's friend and partner Al, who appears to him as a hologram nobody else can see, Al explains that the Project has gone awry and in order to leap out of the pilot's body, Sam must successfully fly the X-2 to Mach 3, which according to historical records, ended in a fatal crash. Written by
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Did You Know?
While September 13, 1956 is the date for the leap, two-weeks later, Mach 3 was surpassed. The second part, Sam was to test "X-2 on Monday." In reality, USAF Capt Milburn G. Apt broke Mach 3 in a Bell X-2 - number 2. Unfortunately, Capt Apt died when the vehicle went out of control. See more
Near the beginning of the episode, to establish that Sam is in the 1950s - The Howdy Doody Show
(AKA The Howdy Doody Show) is shown playing on the television set. September 13th, 1956, the date that this episode takes place, fell on a Thursday. In 1956, this show was broadcast on Saturday mornings at 10 AM and would not have been on the TV that particular morning. See more
[Sam has just made the first Quantum Leap
We did it!... Did what?
References The Natural
Written by Jerry Leiber
and Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley See more