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Last updated
9 April 2009

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Teleplay by
Tony Barwick

Directed by
Alan Perry

Edited by
Alan Killick

Original UK Airdate:
February 9th, 1969 (ATV Midlands)

"Somewhere above us is an F116. The pilot's in trouble.
You're going to talk him down."

Joe 90 receives a test pilot's brain patterns
- and discovers why a hypersonic fighter 'plane has crashed.

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A new hypersonic fighter 'plane of advanced design crashes while undergoing trials by test pilot Jim Grant, who succeeds in ejecting but breaks an ankle in doing so.

The reason for the crash is a mystery. Exhaustive tests fail to reveal any defects, and the W.I.N. organisation is called in.

Another 'plane is available, and a demonstration for a number of high-ranking officers is due. But Grant's injury makes it impossible for him to fly and there is no other pilot familiar with the machine - except for Joe 90, who is given Grant's brain patterns.

The demonstration begins, and Joe gives a faultless display until it's time for him to land. Then over his W.I.N. transmitter he tells Mac and Sam that he does not know the landing procedure!

The reason for the crash is now obvious: Grant must have had a mental block about landing.

There is only one way to save Joe, and that is to make Grant talk him down. Mac and Sam rush to the hospital. But can they force him to overcome the fear which made him forget the landing procedure when testing the 'plane?

He is the only man who can help Joe ......

Regular Cast:
Joe, Mac, Sam, Shane
Additional Voice Cast:
Jim Grant Gary Files
Controller David Healy
Doctor Keith Alexander
General Gary Files
Operator Gary Files

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