Two park rangers find the burned body of LCdr. Brad Sayers, a Navy test pilot on leave, on the site of a recent fire in a forest in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee sees evidence that Brad tried to fly a jetpack, and that it exploded. Gibbs places McGeek in charge. Palmer finds clues inside a dead squirrel, and Abby confirms them. Tony and Ziva interview a builder of jetpacks, and Ziva snaps a portrait; McGee learns about the builder's ex-wife, who's also the builder's top competitor; McGee questions the builder, then the builder's high-power lawyer shows up, starts talking, and keeps on talking. Ducky suggests an interesting alternate explanation, then Gibbs shows a piece of paper. The gang put the pieces together, and Tony brings in the bad guy by remote control. Gibbs notices the left hand of the lady lawyer; he concludes that someone else sent her there. Written by
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In the scene where Ziva & Tony are at the Naval Air Station for the first time, the two aircraft in the background are a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk ground attack aircraft at the rear, and a British Hawker Hunter in front. Both aircraft first saw service in the early 1950's. The A-4 was in active service with the USMC until recently (2013 and is still in use as a trainer, so was still in service or was in the process of being withdrawn when this episode was filmed in 2010. There were a number of Hunters flying in private hands at the time. This one and the A-4 belonged to Airborne Tactical Advantage Company who were based at Patrick Henry Field in Newport News around this time, and had 14 Hunters which were used on "Government Contracts". In a scene at the end the ATAC logo can be seen on both aircraft's tails. I believe ATAC were using them as chase planes and for aerial photography. The Hunter was very popular in this role as it was a very stable platform and had been widely used as a reconnaissance aircraft. See more
In the elevator, McGee intimates to Gibbs that the jet pack was made by Bell Labs. That's the wrong "Bell". Bell Aerosystems was the developer. See more
If you're sure I'm ready, Doctor.
Dr. Donald Mallard
Mr. Palmer, the time has come for you to fly solo. The body is all yours.
[Jimmy takes a scalpel and bends over the body of a dead squirrel, but hesitates
Dr. Mallard, I am suddenly overcome with a desire to share a story of only a peripherally relevant nature.
Dr. Donald Mallard
It's a hazard of the profession, Mr. Palmer.
References Rocky and His Friends
Heart Attack Machine
Written by Richard Wolf
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