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
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 »
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 »
You're riding on a jet airliner en route from London to New York. You're at 35,000 feet atop an overcast and roughly fifty-five minutes from Idlewild Airport. But what you've seen occur inside the cockpit of this plane is no reflection on the aircraft or the crew. It's a safe, well-engineered, perfectly designed machine. And the men you've just met are a trained, cool, highly efficient team. The problem is simply that the plane is going too fast, and there is nothing within ...
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By the way, 3000 knots is 3450 statute miles per hour, not 2800 as someone wrote.
Interesting to note that La Guardia airport does have a runway 22 and I've landed on it (as the pilot). And thanks to the person who cleared up what the name of this airport would have been in 1939.
I really like the dialogue in the cockpit (rod's brother, robert serling wrote it...he wrote some excellent aviation books). Especially well done is the use of the "HORN" which stops the landing gear warning horn from sounding when pulling the throttles (thrust levers) back. nice to are nicknames like "magellan" for the navigator and "sparks" for the radio guy.
One of my favorite TZ eps. The other two are: I shot an arrow into the air. and , "Over the Rim".
And for anyone who cares, while JET FUEL would not have been available in 1939 to refuel the plane, a jet engine can actually use gasoline in a pinch with some restrictions like adding some oil to the gasoline to provide lubrication to fuel pumps.
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