Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 18

The Odyssey of Flight 33 (24 Feb. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Odyssey of Flight 33 (original title)

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Passing through the sound barrier a commercial airliner inadvertently travels back in time.

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Paul Comi ...
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Global Flight 33 is en route from London to New York in what appears to be a routine flight in a modern jetliner. Suddenly however, the jet's speed increases to an incredible 3000 knots and they arrive in New York rather quickly. Neither the captain or his well-trained crew can explain what happened - a strange tail-wind perhaps - but they are certainly not prepared for what they find as they survey the land below them. Written by garykmcd

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The authentically realistic cockpit dialog written by Robert J. Serling, brother of author Rod Serling. Robert was an airline pilot and aviation writer for United Press International. He is listed in the credits as consultant. See more »

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An airline pilot experiencing extra velocity on a westbound trip (London to NY) would not attribute this to a strong jet stream, as he would know that the jet stream goes from west to east. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] A Global jet airliner, en route from London to New York on an uneventful afternoon in the year 1961, but now reported overdue and missing, and by now, searched for on land, sea, and air by anguished human beings, fearful of what they'll find. But you and I know where she is. You and I know what's happened. So if some moment, any moment, you hear the sound of jet engines flying atop the overcast - engines that sound searching and lost - engines that sound desperate - shoot up ...
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They should have landed in 1939
1 January 2011 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

Yes that's right, they should have landed somewhere in 1939, perhaps not Idlewild Airport (JFK), but somewhere, find a way to steal some gas...A LOT of gas for that jetliner and then take another shot at the time travel with the supernatural jet stream that time jumps them. Why risk being thrown backwards in time again and continue being low on fuel? And worst comes to worst, 1939 is a better alternative to people from 1960 then prehistoric times. It would have been great to have a sequel episode to this in one of the modern Twilight Zone revamps, with Flight 33 being confused as to why Idlewild airport is now called John F. Kennedy airport.


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