Two Naval aviators die in a crash of an F-14 while using a new fly-by-wire navigation system. Harm and Meg investigate. The vendor of the system blames the pilot. Harm flies both a simulator and a Tomcat; he and Meg discover the cause.

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Tim Grimm ...
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Lieutenant Tess McKee (as Francia DiMase)
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Lieutenant Stans
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Lt. Moore
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Corporal Martinez
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Sgt. Barnes
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Lt. Parker (as Joe Miichael Burke)
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A Navy pilot and his radar-intercept officer (RIO) die in a crash of an F-14 Tomcat while using a new Air Force fly-by-wire navigation system; the pilot was a friend and shipmate of Harm. Harm and Meg investigate. The vendor of the system insists that the cause of the crash was a pilot error; Harm believes otherwise. While Harm duplicates the fatal flight, he tries to induce an error by the system while flying a simulator, then the does so while flying a Tomcat; he and Meg eventually discover the cause. Harm also comforts the widow and her son. Written by DocRushing

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4 November 1995 (USA)  »

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When getting ready to test Aptern, Harm is told to do five traps on the America. USS America (CV-66) was decommissioned Aug. 9, 1996, about one year after this episode aired. On 14 May, 2005, ex-USS America was sunk after approximately four weeks of live fire testing to determine design features of future aircraft carriers to improve their survivability. See more »

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Just after the crash, as Mirimar tell Lt. McKee to abort and climb to Angels 1-5, the name on her helmet is reversed. See more »

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Lt. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: If APTERN is flawed, finding the flaw will save lives. And that is our ultimate responsibility.
Lt. j.g. Meg Austin: [half-smiling] You sound like my dad.
Lt. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Uh oh. I'm in trouble when you start comparing me to your father.
Lt. j.g. Meg Austin: My brother?
Lt. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.: Even worse.
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