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, repeatedly crossing some kind of barrier. With much of their equipment malfunctioning, including radio communications, they eventually realize they have been thrown back in time when they see no signs of civilization but spot a grazing Sauropod Dinosaur. They increase altitude in an attempt to cross the barrier again and to return to 1961, but arrive above the 1939 New York World's Fair instead. Realizing that they can't land all the passengers in 1939 at LaGuardia Airport, and low on fuel, the captain decides to keep trying 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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