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Minute 123: Any Moment Now

January 18, 2017

Guest Host: Hal Bryan

Hal Bryan is senior editor for digital and print content and publications at the Experimental Aircraft Association, hosts of the world’s largest aviation event, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He’s co-author of two books, a lifelong pilot and aviation geek, and an obsessive pop culture nerd with a penchant for sci-fi, superheroes, and optimistic retro-futurism. As a pilot, he’s logged time in a wide variety of airplanes, many of them old and weird, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Boeing 707, 717, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 line up to welcome the Boeing 787 to the fleet – Boeing Field, 2007.


Flight Two is headed back to Lincoln. No one knows if Joe Patroni will get the stuck 707 out in time.

The engines on the stuck 707 are running. The APU truck gets out of the way.  Patroni nudges the throttles forward.

Slowly, the 707 rolls forward on the lumber.

Mel watches intently from the MelMobile.

Joe Patroni adds more throttle. The lumber begins to buckle under the wheels.

Joe rocks the throttles back and forth as more lumber breaks. Patroni brings the engines down to idle.

Mel gets back in the MelMobile and picks up the microphone. “Hold it, Doug,” says Mel. “Don’t commit that flight to Runway Two-Two. There’ll be a change in Two-Niner’s status any moment now.”

Mel turns the knob on his radio. “Snow desk,” says Mel.


In this minute

Barry Nelson as Anson Harris
Dean Martin as Vernon Demerest
George Kennedy as Joe Patroni
Shelly Novack as Rollings
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Jean Seberg as Tanya Livingston
John Denend as Doug



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