The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Odyssey of Flight 33 

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

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Paul Comi ...
1st Officer John Craig
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Navigator Hatch
Wayne Heffley ...
2nd Officer Wyatt
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Flight Engineer Purcell
Betty Garde ...
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Beverly Brown ...
Janie
Nancy Rennick ...
Paula
Jay Overholts ...
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Lester Fletcher ...
RAF Man
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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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24 February 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The "dinosaur sequence" was credited to Jack H. Harris, and used a brontosaurus model taken from Dinosaurus! (1960). The expense of the two brief shots ran $2,500, making it the most expensive footage in the original The Twilight Zone (1959). See more »

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The tower controller in 1939 identifies the airport the flight is headed to as LaGuardia. Though this airport was founded in that year, it was called North Beach until the New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia left office in 1945. 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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References Dinosaurus! (1960) See more »

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Airport '61 is much weirder than the others.
3 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A very decent piece of vintage television, but lacking in the some of the qualities that made TZ great. The strength here is that you have ordinary, rational, and believable characters making a journey into strange territory. However, I would have liked more direct plot involvement to have happened to one of them. The special effect that you see sixteen minutes in is a little, well, primitive. I don't know who did that but you can easily see who didn't .

TZ regular actor Paul Comi makes his second fantastical journey on the show, having traveled to Mars in 'People Are Alike All Over'(series one). With all this experience he's the right man to psychoanalyze the estranged returning astronaut in 'The Parallel' (series four) I should think.


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