Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 18

The Last Flight (5 Feb. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Last Flight (original title)

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

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A World War I British fighter pilot lands at an American air force base in France 42 years in the future. Written by Skeeter700

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Decker is flying a Nieuport 28, which entered service in early 1918. However, the date is supposed to be March 5, 1917. Furthermore, the Nieuport was a French-built aircraft that was flown by the French and Americans but not the Royal Flying Corps. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Witness Flight Lieutenant William Terrance Decker, Royal Flying Corps, returning from a patrol somewhere over France. The year is 1917. The problem is that the Lieutenant is hopelessly lost. Lieutenant Decker will soon discover that a man can be lost not only in terms of maps and miles, but also in time - and time in this case can be measured in eternities.
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Has My Return Ticket Expired?
8 October 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

It's almost worth the entire episode to watch the WWI biplane land at a 1959 SAC base in France. The hulking cargo planes make the 1917 relic look like a Tonka toy as it taxis under an immense wing. It's also a good graphic illustration of how the destructive power of air weaponry had grown over time-- and that was 50 years ago.

The drama itself is an engrossing exercise in time travel, as a WWI British pilot must travel forward in time and then back so that the future can remain the way it should be. If this sounds confusing, it is, because there's a paradox at it's heart and probably a logical contradiction. But then, that's why TZ remains a cultural landmark -- it was among the first, if not the very first, to use TV to challenge us about our most common-sense beliefs. And it did so in an engrossing way that keeps people as entertained now as it did then. This episode stands as a good example.


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