Near the end of a nine-hour patrol over Afghanistan, a US carrier-based pilot, claiming self-defense, drops a 500-pound bomb on a British position, killing three soldiers and injuring others. He stands accused of violating the rules of engagement and disobeying an order to hold his fire (from a controller aboard an AWACS aircraft while seeking clarification about friendly forces). In a court-martial the pilot faces charges of involuntary homicide and dereliction of duty. The officially approved use of go-pills is involved. Mac and Bud prosecute, Sturgis defends, and Harm presides. Bill O'Reilly, a TV commentator, appears as himself. Mac later gets a temporary assignment.
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This episode is based on a true event, the shameful and deeply regrettable Tarnak Farm incident, in which on 17 April 2002 an Air Force pilot dropped a laser-guided bomb on Canadian forces, killing four soldiers and wounding eight others. The pilot was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, a former Naval aviator, a student and (later) an instructor of the TopGun school, and a student and (later) an instructor of the corresponding Air Force school. See more
During Rabb's run, he is running in falling snow, yet the Secnav's car's windshield wipers are not on and the car has no fallen snow on it. See more
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