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Test Flight

Teleplay by
Donald James

Directed by
Peter Anderson

Edited by
Len Cleal

Original UK Airdate:
April 6th, 1969 (ATV Midlands)

"Part of my job was to rescue you. I see now I shouldn't have bothered."

Joe 90 becomes a computer and explosives expert when cornering a saboteur.

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Disaster strikes as Mac, Joe and the project controller, Brad Johnson, watch a new Orbital Glide Transport aircraft take off. The O.G.T. crashes on to a control building, trapping the personnel inside.

This is the last in a series of sabotage attempts and unknown to everyone Brad Johnson has fitted a monitoring computer in the control building. This will pinpoint the saboteur, but there are two problems, first to rescue the trapped men and then get to the computer.

W.I.N. are called in and all the trapped men escape except one, Slade, the saboteur. He remains in the doomed building to find and destroy the computer, the one thing which would incriminate him.

With the brain pattern of a computer and explosives expert, Joe goes down a small bore hole too small for a man to enter. W.I.N. have assumed Slade is dead and as the O.G.T. sways precariously above him, Joe finds the computer, only to be confronted by the saboteur with a gun. The O.G.T. is slipping and one spark will ignite the fuel and destroy the control building. Joe uses the explosive to blow an escape chute, knocking out Slade in the process. Just in time, he manages to get out with the computer readout and the unconscious saboteur, Slade, before the fuel explodes in an inferno of fire.

Regular Cast:
Joe, Mac, Sam, Shane
Additional Voice Cast:
Brad Johnson Jeremy Wilkin
1st Operator Keith Alexander
2nd Operator Gary Files
3rd Operator David Healy
Countdown (voice) Jeremy Wilkin
Dr. Slade Gary Files
Engineer Keith Alexander

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