A World War I British fighter pilot lands at an American air force base in France 42 years in the future.


(as William Claxton)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Kenneth Haigh ...
Maj. Gen. George Harper
Simon Scott ...
Maj. Wilson
Robert Warwick ...
A.V.M. Alexander 'Leadbottom' Mackaye, R.A.F.
Harry Raybould ...
Jerry Catron ...


Trying to find his way home after a dogfight in World War I, Royal Flying Corps Flt. Lt. William Terrance Decker lands at a U.S. Air Force base 42 years into the future. No one believes him when he claims to be from 1917, thinking someone is trying to put one over on them. Decker himself admits that before suddenly leaping into the future he was actually flying away from an serial encounter and leaving his friend in a lurch. He also realizes that he may have an opportunity to rectify that situation. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

5 February 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The rank of Air Vice Marshall (AVM) in the R.A.F. is equivalent to the rank of Major General in the U.S.A.F. Therefore, officers Harper and Mackaye are of equal rank. See more »


Decker looks out the window of the general's office to see a 1959 jet aircraft pass on the airfield, however other shots in the same office show the window overlooks a parking lot with palm trees and cars. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Dialog from a play, Hamlet to Horatio: There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Dialog from a play written long before men took to the sky: There are more things in heaven and earth and in the sky than perhaps can be dreamt of. And somewhere in between heaven, the sky, and the earth, lies The Twilight Zone.
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References McHale's Navy (1962) See more »

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A Must See

Granted, this episode was only the 18th in the first year of the Twilight Zone; but it is a classic in more ways than one, and one of the best Twilight Zone episodes I have ever seen, in terms of imagination and messages about human failings, human fears, and confronting those failings and fears, even when death is the obvious end result awaiting one.

Time travel has always made for a compelling, no-possibilities-barred sci- fi subject; the way it was handled in this episode was masterful and exceptionally thought provoking. My only regret about the episode is that it had to end at the point that it did.

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