Airport 1970,

Minute 116: Blowing a Fuse

January 09, 2017

Guest Host: Meghan Gleason

Meghan Gleason is the daughter of Guest Co-Host Nancy O’Kane and the stepdaughter of co-host Jim O’Kane. She’s currently the office assistant at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts. Previously, Meghan worked at Dunkin Donuts, and knows all about how to deal with people who haven’t had their morning coffee yet.

Vacation Co-Host: Nancy O’Kane

Nancy O’Kane, better known in Internet circles as “The Captain”, is much more comfortable watching movies than talking about them. Nevertheless, she has succumbed to the charms of her husband and agreed to take part in his podcast. When she’s not talking about George Kennedy and his cigars, she’s a full time student majoring in history and minoring in classics. She’s also busy being a caretaker to Rio, the most neurotic dog on the planet. Rio is afraid of thunder, lawnmowers, and plastic bags.


Vern stares off in the distance, considering Gwen’s medical condition.

Flight Two continues its descent to six thousand feet over Cleveland.

Meanwhile, Doug in the Lincoln tower calls Mel on the radio. “Mobile One, Ground Control,” says Doug.

“Yes, Doug, this is Mel,” replies Bakersfeld.

“Cleveland just handed off Flight Two to Chicago Center,” says Doug. “The transmissions from the aircraft aren’t exactly regulation, but the captain’s blowing a fuse.”

“I’d like to monitor,” says Mel. “What’s the frequency?”

“One one seven point one,” says Doug.

Mel turns the radio receiver to one one seven point one. Vern is on the frequency.

“We need answers, not questions,” says Vern, sharing a split screen on the left, with the Chicago Center operators in the center, and Mel on the right. “Are you guys sleeping down there? Why aren’t we getting any action? We need help!”

From the ATC office, the Watch Supervisor gets on the radio: “Global Two, this is the Chicago Center Watch Supervisor. Please understand we’re doing everything we can. We’re holding other traffic and giving you priority. What type of approach do you wish?”

“Chicago Supervisor, listen carefully,” says Vern. “Any approach is no damn good if it ends on Runway Two Two. We need Two Niner! We’ve got an unserviceable stabilizer trim, doubtful rudder control, and structural damage. If we’re brought in on Two Two, then there’ll be a broken airplane and -”

In this minute

Dean Martin as Vernon Demerest
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
John Denend as Doug
Unknown as Chicago Center ATC operator
Unknown as Chicago Center Watch Supervisor



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