Airport 1970,

Minute 113: Together Safely

January 04, 2017

Guest Host: George Hendricks

George Hendricks hails from all over, and is a certified malcontent/ne’er-do-well. He can often be found cracking wise, taking no guff, and drinking some cold ones down by The Stick. He’s currently working on two different minute by minute podcasts because he thinks sleep and free time make you weak. Hunt him up on Twitter @g_fourth, @waitaduneminute, or @themogwaiminute and try and get him to make stupid puns. He will not disappoint.


Dr. Compagno tells Gwen he’s giving her something for the pain, but not to move her head.

Vern, on the intercom, is explaining their plan. “Later on,” he says, “Second Officer will give you instructions on landing procedures. Please do exactly as he says and — I promise you we’ll all get together through this, safely. Thank you.” Vern puts down the intercom phone.

Back in tourist class, Ada is seated next to Sister Felice. Ada takes a pull of brandy from a little bottle. She hands the bottle to Sister Felice, who eagerly downs every last drop from the bottle. Ada watches, surprised.

Back in the cockpit, Vern and Anson are in contact with ATC.

“Global Two, Cleveland Center,” says the ATC operator in an oval insert. “Lincoln advises Runway Two Niner still closed. They are attempting to clear, but failing that, plan landing on Two Two.”

Vern picks up the microphone. “Roger,” he says, angrily. Anson glances at him.

“Want me to take over for a while?” asks Vern.

“Yeah, thanks,” replies Harris.

Back at Lincoln, Mel and Tanya in the MelMobile race out to the stuck 707 on Runway Two Niner. Two ambulances and a fire truck cut in front of the station wagon.

Mel picks up his car microphone. “Ground,” says Mel. “Mobile One.”

Doug, in the tower, answers the radio. He’s seated next to the digital clock that says “1:03”.

“Uh, yes Mel?” responds Doug.

In this minute

Dean Martin as Vernon Demerest
Barry Nelson as Anson Harris
Vince Williams as Cleveland Center ATC
Helen Hayes as Ada Quonsett
Mary Jackson as Sister Felice
Paul Picerni as Doctor Compagno
Janis Hansen as Sister Katherine Grace
Jacqueline Bisset as Gwen Meighan
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Jean Seberg as Tanya Livingston
John Denend as Doug



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