The Odyssey of Flight 33

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"The Odyssey of Flight 33"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 54
Directed by Justus Addiss
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music Stock
Production code 173-3651
Original air date February 24, 1961
Guest actors

John Anderson: Captain Farver
Paul Comi: First Officer Craig
Sandy Kenyon: Navigator Magellan Hatch
Harp McGuire: Flight Engineer Purcell
Beverly Brown: Janie
Wayne Heffley: 2nd Officer Wyatt
Betty Garde: Passenger
Jay Overholts: Passenger
Nancy Rennick: Paula
Charles Masterson: Passenger (uncredited)

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"The Odyssey of Flight 33" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. An unlikely break of the time barrier finds a commercial airliner sent back into the prehistoric age and then to New York City of 1939. The tale is a modern telling of the Flying Dutchman myth.


The episode takes place on Global Airlines Flight 33, en route from London to New York City. About 50 minutes from Idlewild Airport (now called JFK), Captain Farver and his crew notice that their Boeing 707 is drastically increasing speed. A flash of light is shown, accompanied by severe turbulence. Unable to contact anyone on radio, the crew realizes that they have traveled back in time when they look out the window and see no signs of civilization but spot a grazing Sauropod Dinosaur.

Determining that the only possible way to get back to the present day is to repeat the previous maneuver, the plane increases altitude in an attempt to cross the barrier again and to return to 1961. At first, the maneuver appears to work; New York City is once again visible, and although they still cannot contact Idlewild, they are able to reach LaGuardia Airport, which the crew initially plans to use to refuel. The air traffic controller shows a complete lack of awareness toward modern aircraft technology, and a crew member spots the 1939 New York World's Fair below, at which point the crew realizes that they have not reached the present day, but the summer of 1940—they've come back, just not far enough. Because LaGuardia's runway is too short to handle a jet of Flight 33's size, the captain decides not to attempt a landing there and instead to make another attempt to return "home" to 1961. "All I ask is that you remain calm", he informs the passengers over the P.A. system, "...and pray". This is one of the few episodes using an ending with neither a twist nor a resolution.

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Production notes[edit]

The Brontosaurus model and miniature jungle set from the 1960 film Dinosaurus! were used for the stop motion animation.


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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