Airport 1970,

Minute 129: Checklist Complete

January 26, 2017

Emergency Guest 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.


Frank at the Lincoln Approach radar screen continues to talk down Flight Two.

“Two miles from touchdown,” says Frank. “Course good, glide path good. Looks okay. Advise when approach lights in sight.”

Vern and Anson stare out into the murk. Vern picks up the microphone. “We’ve got the lights.”

The bright lights of Runway Two-Niner appear through the clouds and snow.

“Roger. Good luck,” says Frank.

“Checklist complete?” asks Anson.

“Checklist complete,” replies Vern.

“I may need your help with the rudder,” says Anson.

“Right,” says Vern.

The approach lights get closer. The passenger cabin is quiet as the passengers hunch down in their seats.

Engineer Jordan watches intently over the shoulders of the two pilots.

The threshold lights disappear under the nose of the 707 as Captain Harris gets ready to put the tires on the tarmac.


In this minute

Dean Martin as Vernon Demerest
Jacqueline Bisset as Gwen Meighen
Barry Nelson as Anson Harris
Gary Collins as Cy Jordan
Paul Picerni as Dr. Compagno
Janis Hansen as Sister Katherine Grace
Larry Delaney as Frank at East Arrivals



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