During an exercise a Marine Corps helicopter has a midair collision with an unknown aircraft above the Mojave Desert; all but the pilot survive. Harm and Bud investigate; Mac stays in Washington and plays games with Dalton and his colleagues. A mysterious alleged federal agency takes control of the crash site and runs away Harm and Bud. The other aircraft appears not to have crashed nearby; Harm and Bud learn more about it, and they run into trouble, but the Marines arrive and save the day. Harm figures out how the crash happened. Harm also meets Clark Palmer, whom he'll see again later. Mac makes an important announcement to the admiral. Written by
Did You Know?
During a confrontation the visiting vice admiral threatens to take away Chegwidden's "bars on his sleeves", but that's not a correct expression. Naval officers do not wear BARS on their sleeves; they wear STRIPES on the sleeves of their dress blues. In the real world of the US Navy, the visitor would threaten either his stripes or his stars (the stars of a flag officer). See more
Admiral Hercules Elgin
You want to cross swords with me, Chegwidden? Cause if we get into this, you might just find yourself fighting to keep the bars on your sleeve.
Admiral Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden
Well, I never meet a Seal yet who didn't like a good bar fight, sir.