A RIO dies of prolonged hypoxia at high altitude, and the hypoxia is traced to contaminated liquid oxygen. At first the evidence implicates a petty officer (the plane captain). Harm investigates, then Mac prosecutes, and Harm defends (by request of the defendant). Harm allows his emotions to cause his defense to be inadequate. The defendant requests a change, so the admiral takes Harm off the case and sends in Sturgis instead. Harm later runs into more trouble when he begins to discover the rest of the story. Tiner also contributes to the defense. Harm takes another ride in a Tomcat. Bud shows displeasure with Harriet's protectiveness toward him. Written by
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When Harm and the Lt. take off for the test flight, they are in F14 number 200 when placed on the catapult. Harm identifies the flight as "Boxcar 220", with 220 being the plane number. In the following pre-launch scene, they are in plane number 104. As they are launched, the plane is first number 103 without the pilot/RIO names the fuselage, then it is number 101 with names on the fuselage. When they approach to land, they are back in plane 103. In the next shot as the plane catches an arresting wire, they are in plane 201. As they taxi away, they are in plane 114. When they get out of the aircraft, it is number 242. All of the planes depicted do not have any black paint in front of the cockpit except for number 242. (There are several other discrepancies with ordinance and plane markings.) See more
Adm. Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden
Commander, you may have to amend your report. This just went from dereliction of duty to negligent homicide.