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
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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Frank Tallman owned the 1918 Nieuport biplane, already shown in many World War I films. See more »


When Maj. Wilson enters the interrogation room he incorrectly addresses Lt. Decker by the American pronunciation of the rank, "Lootenant." Earlier they had used the correct British pronunciation of "Leftenant." See more »


Rod Serling - 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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Original and interesting.
26 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode was the first of "The Twilight Zone" that was not written by Rod Serling. I read a book about Serling years ago and he apparently was a compulsive workaholic--and he wanted to write every single episode of the show. But, due to exhaustion, he finally had to concede that the show needed some freelance writers.

The show begins with a WWI vintage fighter plane landing on a modern (circa 1959) air base in the United States. The pilot claims to be from 1917 and cannot explain why he's now here. No one believes his story--they all believe he's some nut. However, soon someone is arriving at the base who should be able to identify him IF he's who he says he was--though the pilot says this this distinguished British officer CAN'T be the man he knew during WWI, as the man is dead! How can this be and how can the man actually be from the First World War?! And, for that matter, why is he there now? Overall, a pretty good episode but not one of the best--mostly because the HOW seems to be missing--though this is occasionally the case in such an anthology series. You just need to accept that it DID happen and not question why. Original and interesting.

By the way, for trivia nuts like myself, it's nice to see all the information on IMDb about which planes were featured in this show. Nice job, IMDb!

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