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.


Justus Addiss


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
John Anderson ... Capt. 'Skipper' Farver
Paul Comi ... 1st Officer John Craig
Sandy Kenyon ... Navigator Hatch
Wayne Heffley ... 2nd Officer Wyatt
Harp McGuire ... Flight Engineer Purcell
Betty Garde ... Passenger
Beverly Brown Beverly Brown ... Janie
Nancy Rennick Nancy Rennick ... Paula
Jay Overholts Jay Overholts ... Passenger
Lester Fletcher ... RAF Man


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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Release Date:

24 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Stephen King lifted elements of the plot of "The Odyssey of Flight 33" for his novella "The Langoliers," first published in September 1990. "The Langoliers" concerns a group of airplane passengers that are left in the past where they must find a way back to the present or face the terror of the title creatures, who literally eat past time and space. A character in the story recalls the plot of "The Odyssey of Flight 33" during the course of the action. See more »


When the woman on the plane is discussing her relative's liver problems, she refers to the person as her aunt, but then a second later says that person's mother is her father's sister. This would make the person she was referring to her cousin, not her aunt (it's her father's sister's daughter). See more »


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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The Science Is Suspect
18 October 2006 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There is a fair amount of tension in this episode. I recall on those old Star Trek shows, the scientist always seemed to be able to outsmart civilizations that were thousands of years more advance than they. There was always some solution that came to them and allowed them to escape. Unfortunately, that same level of precision doesn't quite work. The members of the crew are called on to improvise. The fact that they even have a plan is pretty remarkable, but, given the situation, maybe there is a reasonable solution. Time is time. It is a continuum and somehow there is some sort of warp that casts the plane into a prehistoric period. The crew must use its limited aeronautical skills to figure out what to do. Things don't go smoothly. But it's a good ride.

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