- 1. Once, the world was big
and no man in his lifetime could circle it.
- 2. Through the centuries, science has made
man's lifetime bigger and the world smaller.
- 3. Now the farthest corner of the Earth is
as close as a pushbutton.
- 4. And time has lost all meaning
- 5. as manmade devices speed many,
many times faster than sound itself.
- 6. Here, near the top of the world,
free men struggle with the elements
- 7. to create some measure of defense
to protect that self-same freedom.
- 8. Distant Early Warning radar,
- 9. sensitive electronic devices to detect
the presence of objects in the sky,
- 10. including bombing planes
and guided missiles
- 11. and rain clouds and homing pigeons.
- 12. New radar installations must be calibrated
by the flying of controlled test flights
- 13. to check the accuracy of the equipment
and to chart a detection profile of the area
- 14. in order to pinpoint
blind spots the radar cannot penetrate.
- 15. Bravo 8035. Angels 9.
- 16. Bravo 7540. Angels 9.
- 17. Bravo 7045. Angels 9.
- 18. Test Flight. Test Flight. This is
Snowman Three. Give me a reading. Over.
- 19. Snowman Three, this is Test Flight.
- 20. Flying vector, 340 degrees from IP.
Angels 10. Speed, 400.
- 21. How do you read me? Over.
- 22. Everything checks but the altitude, Mitch.
We read you at Angels 9.
- 23. Altimeter reads 10,000 on the nose.
- 24. Better check the level
on the antenna mount.
- 25. Roger.
- 26. How about Mademoiselle Mathematician?
- 27. She got enough numbers to feed
into her machines yet?
- 28. Do you have all the information
you need, Miss Caldwell?
- 29. One more run, please. Low level coming in.
- 30. One more, Mitch. Vector 105 degrees, low.
- 31. Roger. Turning 180 degrees, low approach.
- 32. This is Test Flight, over and out.
- 33. I didn't know pilots were allowed
to do things like that.
- 34. Not Air Force pilots, you're right.
But Mitch is an electronics engineer.
- 35. He may work for the government,
but, ma'am, he kinda makes his own rules.
- 36. So does a three-year-old child
until his mother spanks him.
- 37. - Mother, dear mother, I'm ready if you are.
- I must have left the switch on.
- 38. An electronics engineer. A radar officer.
- 39. A mathematician and systems analyst.
A radar operator. A couple of plotters.
- 40. People doing a job, well, efficiently.
Serious, having fun. Doing a job.
- 41. Situation, normal for the moment.
- 42. Date, the 17th of the month.
Sky cloudy, overcast. Visibility limited.
- 43. Time, 1332 hours.
A significant moment in history.
- 44. A moment when an electronics engineer
named Mitchell MacAfee
- 45. saw something in the sky.
- 46. Something that was almost the beginning
of the end of life on this Earth.
- 47. MacAfee reported instantly by radio
the sighting of a UFO,
- 48. an unidentified flying object.
- 49. The radar officer replied
that it was impossible.
- 50. According to the radar scope,
except for Mitch's plane,
- 51. there wasn't a single, solitary object
of any nature whatsoever.
- 52. Nothing in the sky
for a radius of hundreds of miles.
- 53. MacAfee didn't care what the radar showed
or didn't show.
- 54. He knew what he saw with his own eyes.
- 55. And he was determined to get a better look.
- 56. MacAfee turned, and so did the unidentified
flying object heading toward him.
- 57. There was no mistaking the urgency
in MacAfee's voice.
- 58. Something, he didn't know what,
- 59. but something as big as a battleship
had just flown over and past him
- 60. at speeds so great
he couldn't begin to estimate it.
- 61. In national defense,
it's better to be safe than sorry.
- 62. The alert was sounded
to scramble interceptors.
- 63. - Well?
- Well, what?
- 64. Now, let's not play games, Major.
Did your men find it?
- 65. Mr. MacAfee, if you were in uniform,
I'd have you under arrest
- 66. and facing general court martial charges.
Unfortunately, you're a civilian.
- 67. - And I can't touch you.
- What are you talking about?
- 68. But I can send in a report in on you
and I will.
- 69. By the time I get through with you,
Mr. Electronics Engineer,
- 70. you'll be lucky if they let you test
batteries for flashlights.
- 71. Look, Major Bergen, I was flying
a final calibration flight.
- 72. I spotted a UFO, I reported it.
Does that make me a criminal,
- 73. a traitor to my country,
or some kind of a psychopath?
- 74. MacAfee, you're an electronics man,
an expert on radar.
- 75. - Sure, that's what they pay me for.
- if there was something in the air,
- 76. something flying that you could see,
would radar pick it up?
- 77. - Well, yes, but...
- Would radar pick it up? Yes or no?
- 78. - Yes.
- There were three radars on you.
- 79. Every minute you were in the air and not
one of them, not one, saw anything but you.
- 80. - Look, Major...
- You were told this. You knew it.
- 81. Nevertheless, you persisted
with your little joke.
- 82. - Easy now, Bergen.
- You continued to yell wolf
- 83. until somebody pushed the panic button
and scrambled a flight of interceptors.
- 84. Great. Great. So your buzz boys flew
around, they couldn't find anything,
- 85. so now you're mad and want me to pay
for the fuel they burned up
- 86. or the time they wasted
or something else real smart.
- 87. The flight was scrambled and dispersed
to cover as wide an area as possible.
- 88. And thanks to your not-so-funny
false alarm, Mr. MacAfee,
- 89. one of those planes didn't come back.
- 90. Plane and pilot, both are missing.
- 91. Major Bergen. What?
- 92. Yes. Yeah. Yes. Call out the stand-by crews.
- 93. You better reshuffle your duty rosters.
There'll be plenty of sweat on this one.
- 94. Look, Major, I'm sorry about the pilot,
but that was no false alarm.
- 95. Oh, come off it, Mitch. You've done
enough harm with your flying battleship.
- 96. - Just let it...
- Just a moment, Miss Caldwell.
- 97. That call. A Transpolar Airlines plane
is reported overdue and missing.
- 98. - Oh, no!
- Sixty passengers and a full crew aboard.
- 99. Got a distress call from the pilot,
then nothing. No more contact.
- 100. - Engine trouble?
- 101. The pilot yelled something about a UFO.
Then the radio went dead.
- 102. - And our radars?
- Nothing. Nothing but the Transpolar plane.
- 103. Alone in the sky.
- 104. Well, we're finished up here, Major.
- 105. - You got transportation ready?
- Plane and pilot in the field.
- 106. - Fly you straight through to New York.
- Thanks. Let's go, Sally.
- 107. Hang on. I'll be back in a minute.
- 108. Hi, Pete. Getting too rough
to work back there.
- 109. I thought the poop on the weather was
we'd have it soft all the way into New York.
- 110. - Seems to be a local front, Mitch.
- How about flying over it?
- 111. Can do. Wait till I call in.
- 112. This is Air Force Zebra Love 7979 calling
New York lnternational Airport. Over.
- 113. Zebra Love 7979.
This is New York International Airport. Over.
- 114. Altitude 8,000, air speed 250.
- 115. Meeting unexpected storm activity,
- 116. Request permission to change altitude
to 12,000. Over.
- 117. Zebra Love 7979. Permission granted. Over.
- 118. Zebra Love 7979. Roger. Out.
- 119. - Like I said, no sweat.
- Thanks, Pete.
- 120. I'll put in a good word for you
with the Major.
- 121. Oh, thanks loads.
- 122. Well, I won't know until I run it
through the computer,
- 123. but it looks like the profiler that dips here
like this for an extensive blind spot.
- 124. Yeah.
- 125. Well, either that antenna is really tilted
- 126. or we've got a topographical high spot here
we didn't figure on
- 127. that's shading the whole strip.
- 128. - Could you get that relief map?
- Oh, yes. Right here.
- 129. Mitch. Mitch. Come up here!
- 130. - What gives?
- Sit down, Mitch.
- 131. - Well?
- Something might be coming up.
- 132. - Such as what?
- Unidentified flying object.
- 133. - Flew right over us.
- Not you, too.
- 134. Oh, save the cracks.
I've already called it in to lnternational.
- 135. Mitch, I sure enough saw
something like a cloud.
- 136. Only it was moving too fast for any cloud.
Right at our course from northeast.
- 137. Two bits it never showed up
on a single radar scope.
- 138. - What?
- Never mind. I don't see anything but sky.
- 139. Neither do l, now.
I lost it when it got right overhead.
- 140. Where'd that come from?
We don't register a hatful of wind.
- 141. Brother, that was more than a hatful.
- 142. - Are you all right?
- I think so. How about you?
- 143. I'm okay. Pete's in bad shape. Let's go.
- 144. Down! It's going to blow up.
- 145. What happened? It felt
like something collided with us up there.
- 146. Yeah. The flying battleship
that wasn't there.
- 147. - Hello! Hello!
- Here. Over here.
- 148. It's good applejack. I make it myself.
Fine for the snakebite.
- 149. Hello, Pierre. Mr. MacAfee?
- 150. That's right.
- 151. That the pilot?
- 152. Yeah.
- 153. Okay, boys.
- 154. They made a reservation for you
on a commercial flight into New York City.
- 155. Sending a car to take you
and the young lady to the airport.
- 156. What about the wrecked plane?
- 157. We've got orders to seal off the area.
- 158. What happened? You tangle
with a flying saucer or something?
- 159. Oh, nothing so domestic as a flying
saucer, Officer. Just a flying battleship.
- 160. Well, have a good time
with your flying battleship.
- 161. Your car will be here soon.
- 162. - Where's the plane, Pierre?
- North 14, past the road.
- 163. Let's go, boys.
- 164. Hello? Oui, this is
the farm of Pierre Broussard.
- 165. Who? Oh, one moment.
- 166. A General Van Buskirk for you,
- 167. I feel another snakebite coming on.
- 168. Well, flying battleship, pink elephant.
- 169. You really should try buttermilk instead.
- 170. I said it looked like a battleship,
not that it was a battleship.
- 171. I should have called it
an overgrown adding machine.
- 172. Then at least you would've believed me.
- 173. General Buskirk? MacAfee here.
- 174. Yes, sir. I am aware
that the pilot called in a UFO.
- 175. No, I didn't see anything myself this time.
Neither did Miss Caldwell.
- 176. Oh, the radar picked up
nothing but our plane in the area.
- 177. Well, I was kind of expecting that too.
- 178. Joke? False alarm?
- 179. Look here, General, what kind of an infantile
jackass do you take me for? I tell you that...
- 180. Thank you.
- 181. Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
- 182. I understand, sir.
- 183. When the shepherd cried wolf,
they believed him. The first time at least.
- 184. Civil Aeronautics Board is sending up
an investigating team
- 185. first thing in the morning.
- 186. So is the Air Force,
as soon as the CAB is done.
- 187. When we get to New York, we're to keep
ourselves available for questioning.
- 188. This glass must have a hole in it.
- 189. - How's the jug holding up, Pierre?
- You like Pierre's applejack, oui?
- 190. Ah, perfect antidote for snakebite, thunder,
lightning, and disbelieving generals.
- 191. Fill her up, Pierre.
- 192. - What's that?
- Something scared the animal!
- 193. It's Pierre!
- 194. Over here.
- 195. Easy, Pierre, easy. You're safe.
You're in the house.
- 196. - Carcagne! It was the carcagne! I saw her!
- What's a carcagne, Pierre?
- 197. - Come on, tell us about it.
- It's the devil in the storm.
- 198. With the face of the wolf
and the body of the woman with wings.
- 199. - Bigger than I can tell.
- You probably saw an eagle, Pierre.
- 200. - Oh, no! It was la carcagne! La carcagne!
- Oh, I remember now.
- 201. I read it somewhere. It's a superstition,
- 202. a legend that the French Canadians started
and came across the border with.
- 203. Yeah. It vaguely rings
a small bell with me, too.
- 204. It was probably just the lightning
and the storm, Pierre.
- 205. - You just imagined the whole thing.
- No! No! I saw la carcagne!
- 206. Here. Take another swallow of this.
- 207. Come in.
- 208. What's the matter with Pierre?
- 209. He thinks he saw
something weird in the sky.
- 210. I saw her. I saw la carcagne!
- 211. - He can't get it out of his head.
- Yeah, I know.
- 212. I live up this way myself.
- 213. There's a lot of the old folks
around here believe that yarn.
- 214. But this is the first time I ever heard
anybody claim he really saw the old witch.
- 215. - You come to take us to the airport?
- Yeah. Car outside.
- 216. - Oh, I hate to leave him like this.
- Oh, don't worry, ma'am.
- 217. Joe here will stay with him.
But we'd better hurry.
- 218. - They're holding that plane for you.
- Come on, Sally.
- 219. They're holding a plane for us,
we'd better get with it.
- 220. We haven't even thanked him.
- 221. I'm afraid the social amenities won't mean
very much to a man in Pierre's condition.
- 222. He's right, ma'am. You'd never get through,
the way he's scared stiff right now.
- 223. Scared? So he thought he saw a big bird.
- 224. Why should that paralyze him so
- 225. - Didn't he tell you?
- Tell us what?
- 226. The legend. According to the story they tell,
if you see this big bird,
- 227. it's a sign that you're going to die real soon.
- 228. - That plane's waiting. We'd better go.
- Okay, Sergeant.
- 229. "The kiss you take is better than you give."
- 230. A many-faceted creature, this Mr. MacAfee.
- 231. First engineer and pilot
and now lover and poet.
- 232. Oh, the line of poetry was
- 233. I know, but where
did that impulse come from?
- 234. - Left field, maybe.
- I like baseball.
- 235. Or maybe just sitting next to a pretty girl.
That's enough in itself, sometimes.
- 236. Even sitting next
to Mademoiselle Mathematician?
- 237. Or should we stick
to the baseball reference?
- 238. There are figures and there are figures.
- 239. Inescapable logic, corny but true.
You almost overwhelm me.
- 240. Almost?
- 241. Well, let's finish the job.
- 242. Look at that moon.
- 243. Speaking of baseball and left field,
- 244. somebody warned me
that you make up your own rules.
- 245. - Whoever said that's no friend of mine.
- But he's a friend of mine.
- 246. Sabotage!
- 247. Oh, much too dramatic.
Let's stick to baseball and say instead,
- 248. - "Out, trying to steal second."
- Back to the bush leagues, finished.
- 249. A quitter. I knew it. No fight, no spirit.
- 250. Of course, the umpire could always
reverse her decision.
- 251. No, no short cuts. Must follow the pattern.
- 252. First the minor leagues,
and then the major leagues.
- 253. - I stick to the rules, Mitch. Sorry about that.
- Why be sorry? You can always...
- 254. Pattern.
- 255. - Pattern.
- What's the matter?
- 256. Pattern. I need one of your maps.
- 257. The orthographic projection,
the pole to equator.
- 258. - Give it to me, will you?
- Well, sure.
- 259. I think I have it here somewhere.
- 260. Ah. Here it is.
- 261. What's that?
- 262. Open your map.
- 263. Now, where I sighted the UFO.
- 264. Where the search plane disappeared.
The Transpolar airliner.
- 265. Our plane at Pierre's.
And finally the Navy patrol plane.
- 266. - Well, you were muttering about a pattern.
- Well? See it?
- 267. Well, no. No straight line, no curve, nothing.
- 268. Wait.
- 269. A pattern.
A perfect pattern in time and distance.
- 270. Each incident, each cross,
later than the one before.
- 271. Each one further out in the spiral
from the center.
- 272. You mean, something in the air flew
a pattern like that?
- 273. Yeah. Something I saw.
- 274. Something that flew over
and past me in the air.
- 275. Well, it would have to be traveling
at incredible speed to cover
- 276. - all the distance in the time involved.
- Yeah, it would.
- 277. Something that seemingly destroyed four
planes and barely missed you the first time.
- 278. Yes.
- 279. Something like your flying battleship?
- 280. - Okay, forget the whole thing.
- Oh, well, now, Mitch. Be reasonable.
- 281. Why that pattern,
just to knock down a few scattered planes?
- 282. And what? A meteorite? Impossible!
A guided missile?
- 283. Well, that would stop with the first
plane it hit.
- 284. And who would launch it?
And for what reason?
- 285. No, Mitch, coincidence, yes. But pattern, no.
- 286. Here's your map.
- 287. Well, you are a child. Mitch, think!
- 288. If there was anything flying
this kind of a pattern,
- 289. why, it would be tracked
by dozens of different radars.
- 290. And none of them spotted a thing, so what?
- 291. Well, maybe it was Pierre's carcagne,
- 292. "with the head of a wolf and the body
of a woman, with wings as big as I can tell!"
- 293. - There's no need to be sarcastic.
- Look, would you two mind being quiet
- 294. so the rest of us can sleep? Thank you.
- 295. Sorry. Maybe I was being childish.
- 296. Mitch MacAfee, flying Sherlock Holmes.
- 297. I think you did make better sense
with your poetry
- 298. than you did
with your detective deductions.
- 299. - I know another poem.
- 300. "Be plain in dress and sober in your diet.
- 301. "In short, my deary, kiss me, and be quiet."
- 302. Date, the 18th of the month.
Sky clear, light clouds. Visibility unlimited.
- 303. Time, 0815 hours.
- 304. A CAB plane flies toward the scene
of the previous day's crash
- 305. involving Mitchell MacAfee.
- 306. On board, four members of the
Civil Aeronautics Board investigating team.
- 307. And a pilot.
- 308. Time, 0816 hours.
- 309. Another significant moment in history.
- 310. Once more a frantic pilot radios in
a report on a UFO. A bird.
- 311. A bird as big as a battleship, circling
and preparing to attack the CAB plane.
- 312. Stop leaning on the buzzer. I'm coming.
- 313. Mr. MacAfee?
- 314. - Or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
- General Buskirk's respects, sir.
- 315. - He'd like to see you right away.
- Oh, have a heart, Captain.
- 316. I got in late last night.
I just about fell asleep when you woke me.
- 317. - Sorry, sir, the General says it's urgent.
- So is my sleep!
- 318. My orders are to bring you
to the General's office at once.
- 319. Even if I have to take you
into protective custody.
- 320. Okay, Captain, don't get in a tizzy. You keep
your shirt on, I'll go get my pants on.
- 321. My sighting. The search plane,
the Transpolar airliner, our plane at Pierre's
- 322. and the Navy patrol plane. Too much,
and it fits too well, to be just coincidence.
- 323. There have been two more
since the Navy plane.
- 324. A private plane here last night and a CAB
plane with four passengers and a pilot here.
- 325. All following your theoretical pattern
smack dab on the nose.
- 326. No radar tracks, I suppose?
- 327. As usual, since you started
this crazy nightmare, nothing.
- 328. Except about the planes.
- 329. Did the pilots report anything?
- 330. Not a word from the pilot
of the private plane.
- 331. But the CAB pilot reported a UFO.
- 332. - Did he say what it was?
- Yes. A bird.
- 333. A bird as big as a battleship circled
and attacked the plane.
- 334. - Believe me, Mr. MacAfee, this is no joke.
- Oh, no.
- 335. That plane was completely destroyed.
- 336. And all five men on board seem
to have completely disappeared
- 337. from the face of the Earth.
- 338. Now, you're an electronics expert.
- 339. Could there have been anything that big up
in the sky and not be picked up by radar?
- 340. Impossible! But I saw it myself.
- 341. Yes. Three men reported they saw
something and two of them are now dead.
- 342. Well, that makes me chief cook and bottle
washer in a one-man bird watcher's society.
- 343. Mr. MacAfee, this is vitally important.
Did you get a good look at it?
- 344. No, it was just a blur as it went past.
How I wish I'd had a camera with me.
- 345. Camera! General Buskirk, before I went out
- 346. on this radar assignment with Mitch, I was
doing Earth curvature calibration work.
- 347. Well, how does that help us on this?
- 348. Well, we used film strips photographed
from inside test rockets
- 349. and from fixed cameras
and observation balloons.
- 350. - Sally, maybe you've got it!
- if those balloons are still up,
- 351. there's a bare possibility they photographed
this thing, whatever it is.
- 352. General Edward Considine, Pentagon.
- 353. Something's coming up now.
- 354. Kill it!
- 355. This film and all the information pertaining
to it and the bird are classified
- 356. as top secret.
Notify all agencies and personnel involved
- 357. who have handled the project
or will handle it.
- 358. Yes, sir.
- 359. - Johnson!
- Yes, sir?
- 360. Put the entire command
on combat readiness right away.
- 361. Notify the Pentagon and have them tell
General Considine I'm on my way.
- 362. Yes, sir.
- 363. Colonel Tyler at the field? Line one, please.
- 364. Oh, Nate. Nate. Buskirk here.
Warm up my plane.
- 365. And file a flight plan for me
to National, Washington. Right.
- 366. We're coming now.
Two extra passengers. Okay.
- 367. You two are coming with me to Washington.
Miss Caldwell. Mr. MacAfee.
- 368. It's some sort of bird all right.
- 369. There's no question of that.
- 370. Miss Caldwell, is it possible that this bird
has been flying in blind spot areas
- 371. - that our radar can't pick up?
- No, sir. I checked carefully.
- 372. At least ten different radar sites
should have tracked it.
- 373. Mr. MacAfee, could speed or altitude
affect the ability of our radar to pick it up?
- 374. No. There's no scientific
or any other kind of reason in the world
- 375. why our radars don't track it.
They just don't. Period.
- 376. Then what you're saying in essence, is that
black is white and two and two make six.
- 377. Look, General, I didn't invent this flying
nightmare, I just saw it and reported it.
- 378. The General understands, Mr. MacAfee.
He's not blaming you for anything.
- 379. Relax, man.
- 380. Relax? When do we stop relaxing
and start doing something?
- 381. Good sense isn't confined exclusively
to civilians, Mr. MacAfee.
- 382. We know how to take care of ourselves
and the country.
- 383. Easy, Van, easy. Take it easy.
- 384. There's a general air alert on
this very minute, son.
- 385. Hundreds of planes from every command
- 386. are combing the skies,
searching for this overgrown buzzard.
- 387. - We'll find it all right. Never fear.
- And when we do, General. Then what?
- 388. Yes? Good! Where?
- 389. Okay, this is official now.
- 390. Pass 'em the word to shoot it down.
No questions, no games, no stalling.
- 391. Just shoot it down. Yes.
- 392. Get me a tape on all air-to-ground
and air-to-air channels,
- 393. and pipe it through a hotline to me here.
One of our squadrons just spotted it.
- 394. I've ordered them to attack
and shoot it down.
- 395. Our planes are armed with cannon,
machine guns and rockets.
- 396. This should be the end of the big bird
who was there but wasn't.
- 397. You'll be able to hear it as it happens.
- 398. This is Easy Baker squadron leader.
- 399. - Target below and to the side. See it?
- Yow! Holy Toledo!
- 400. I've seen some mighty big chicken hawks
back on the farm,
- 401. but, man, this baby takes the cake.
- 402. Honest to pete, I'll never call
my mother-in-law an old crow again.
- 403. This is Easy Baker squadron leader.
- 404. Peel off on signal.
One pass and then you're on your own.
- 405. This is Easy Baker squadron leader.
- 406. It's got one of the planes.
- 407. I must be losing my marbles.
- 408. This isn't for real.
Bullets, rockets, nothing touches it.
- 409. Easy Baker squadron leader.
- 410. Charlie hit the silk
when the bird got his plane and now it...
- 411. Charlie's gone. Chute and all.
- 412. It don't make sense.
- 413. Like we're hitting a battleship
with a slingshot.
- 414. It's going after another plane. Look out!
- 415. Easy Baker squadron leader.
Mission's a washout.
- 416. We're going to head for... No!
It's coming after me! No! No!
- 417. Machine guns, cannons, rockets,
nothing touched it.
- 418. - Those pilots...
- We'll find it, all right, never fear.
- 419. The end of the big bird.
- 420. You were right, Miss Caldwell,
when we find it, what then?
- 421. Phase two off standby, operational.
- 422. - Notify the Joint Chiefs.
- Yes, sir.
- 423. It doesn't make sense.
It's just a bird, a big bird.
- 424. - Guns. Cannons. Rockets. It's just a bird.
- Sure, it's just a bird.
- 425. Ten million dollars worth of radar
can't track it.
- 426. Enough firepower to wipe out a regiment
can't even slow it down.
- 427. Sure, it's just a bird.
- 428. Well, what are we going to do,
just sit around here and weep?
- 429. - Oh, climb off our backs, MacAfee.
- We're not crying, MacAfee,
- 430. and we're not running away.
But it's hard to come up with answers
- 431. when you don't even know
what the question is.
- 432. Being flip doesn't help any.
- 433. I'm not criticizing either of you
or the Air Force
- 434. or those guys who just died
trying to shoot that thing down.
- 435. I'm not being flip,
and I'm not wisecracking.
- 436. I'm just scared. We all are, I guess.
- 437. So let's face that and then try
and do something about that bird.
- 438. - Any suggestions, MacAfee?
- Sure, electronic spitballs!
- 439. - Van.
- Close, General, close.
- 440. Only not electronic spitballs,
- 441. - Yes?
- Phase two operational.
- 442. - All units alerted and ready.
- 443. Call for you.
Dr. Karol Noymann at the research lab.
- 444. I'll take it on two.
- 445. This is General Considine, Dr. Noymann.
- 446. Say that again? Good, good.
- 447. You stay where you are. I'll be right over.
- 448. Research lab's been kept right up to date.
- 449. They've been working on the wreckage
of that CAB plane
- 450. - and the plane that you two cracked up in.
- Find anything new, Ed?
- 451. They think they've figured out
what that bird is and where it came from.
- 452. About those atomic spitballs.
- 453. An hour before your plane landed
- 454. I ordered guided missiles
with atomic warheads made ready
- 455. for every launching site in the country
- 456. where the fallout pattern
makes it safe to explode them.
- 457. The order you heard me give
to make phase two operational
- 458. was an order to fire those missiles
the moment that bird is spotted anywhere!
- 459. - General, I'm sorry, I guess l...
- Don't apologize, son, I admire your spunk.
- 460. And you keep climbing on our backs
whenever we've messed up any of the detail.
- 461. - Van?
- Sorry, Mac.
- 462. - I guess we're all trying to do our best.
- You two better come along.
- 463. You're up to your ears
in this thing anyway.
- 464. Come on, let's go.
- 465. The atom is the basic building block
of all matter.
- 466. The atom this model represents
is like every atom as we know it.
- 467. The nucleus is positive.
The electrons are all negative.
- 468. In this respect, it has been maintained
that all atoms are alike.
- 469. But this is wrong, all wrong!
- 470. According to the law of electrodynamics,
all nature is symmetrical.
- 471. It is in balance. And if there is matter,
then there must also be antimatter,
- 472. a symmetrical mirror image.
- 473. Now here we have a positive nucleus,
- 474. In the reverse, we must obviously have
a negative nucleus with positive electrons.
- 475. Science has proved that this is so,
not in this Earth nor in this solar system
- 476. but somewhere in the universe
there are stars, planets,
- 477. whole galaxies made up of antimatter.
- 478. Well, do you mean to say, Doctor,
that this bird is made of antimatter?
- 479. That it's reversed, inside out,
a mirror image, as you call it?
- 480. Just a minute, General.
- 481. Doctor, it's been proven
that antimatter exists,
- 482. but it's also been proven that whenever
it comes in contact with ordinary matter,
- 483. they annihilate one another, blow up.
- 484. Why didn't the bird explode when it was hit,
or when it touched something?
- 485. Well, you are both right and wrong.
The bird itself is not antimatter.
- 486. But the bird unquestionably radiates
some sort of force, an energy screen,
- 487. some invisible barrier.
And that energy screen is antimatter.
- 488. Guns, cannons, rockets,
no wonder nothing touched it.
- 489. Stuff hit the antimatter screen
and blew up before it could get close.
- 490. - Mitch, this explains the failure of the radar.
- 491. No reflecting surface. The radar waves
wouldn't bounce off, they'd slide around.
- 492. So with no echo, no tracks.
- 493. Dr. Noymann, a couple of questions.
All this isn't just guesswork on your part?
- 494. No, it is not guesswork, General.
- 495. Evidently, this bird is able to open
that antimatter screen
- 496. to use its beak, its claws,
its wings as destructive weapons.
- 497. Now, here is part of the wreckage.
- 498. Examination by a staff of scientists has told
us the whole incredible story.
- 499. It has been checked and double-checked.
- 500. - Is there anything else, General?
- Yes, Doctor.
- 501. Where did this bird come from?
- 502. Here is a piece of feather from the bird,
found in the wreckage.
- 503. At least, we call it a feather,
we don't know what it is.
- 504. Only what it looks like.
It has defied chemical analysis,
- 505. the electroscope, every conceivable test.
- 506. It contains no substance
known on the Earth today,
- 507. no element recognizable by man.
- 508. - Finding that out was expensive.
- Well, how so?
- 509. We had several of these feathers,
this is the only piece left.
- 510. As a last resort, we tried testing them
in electronic analyzers.
- 511. Look.
- 512. That bird is extraterrestrial.
- 513. It comes from outer space,
- 514. from some godforsaken antimatter galaxy
- 515. millions and millions of light years
from the Earth.
- 516. No other explanation is possible.
- 517. Van will fly you two back to New York.
- 518. I'd appreciate it if you'd hold yourselves
in readiness and, of course, you understand
- 519. that everything that you've seen and heard
- 520. My command is ready, Ed, and waiting
at the end of a hotline. Just phone.
- 521. Just phone, Van? Well, I'll need help,
all the help I can get. We all will.
- 522. The only trouble is
that the last time I talked to a chaplain,
- 523. there wasn't any telephone line
to the one and only place
- 524. where we can get the kind of help
that we need.
- 525. General Considine.
- 526. This is an emergency.
Get me the Secretary of Defense.
- 527. Up to now,
only one man had seen the bird and lived.
- 528. Among those who knew of it,
its existence was a closely guarded secret.
- 529. But even as arrangements were made
for an emergency meeting of the President,
- 530. the Cabinet, the National Defense Board,
and the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
- 531. even then, the bird revealed itself
to the world at large
- 532. and complacency quickly turned to panic.
Panic, terror, and horror.
- 533. No corner of the Earth was spared the terror
- 534. of looking up into God's blue sky
and seeing, not peace and security,
- 535. but the feathered nightmare on wings.
- 536. Oh, come in.
- 537. Well, I worked half the night running your
figures through the calculating machine.
- 538. - Hope the results are what you want.
- Good. Thanks.
- 539. Mitch?
- 540. Oh. Thank you.
- 541. Oh, really. For two days and a night now,
ever since we got back from Washington,
- 542. you've had your nose buried
in all those papers, figuring, calculating.
- 543. - Mitch, you've got to stop to sleep and eat.
- I've been busy.
- 544. What you're working on have
anything to do with the bird?
- 545. To destroy the bird?
Well, will it work, Mitch?
- 546. I don't know.
- 547. I honestly haven't the faintest, foggiest idea.
- 548. It's one of those cock-eyed concepts
that you pull down
- 549. out of cloud eight somewhere
in sheer desperation.
- 550. Said anything about this
to General Buskirk or General Considine?
- 551. And have them gently remind me
to stay in my own backyard? No, thanks.
- 552. What's the difference? There's only
a million-to-one chance it will work.
- 553. It's just something to do instead
of this deadly sitting around and waiting.
- 554. Mitch, I've been thinking about the bird, too.
- 555. Yeah, you and everybody else in the world.
- 556. Ever stop to wonder
why the bird came here?
- 557. Could it have been for food?
- 558. I mean, does the bird eat,
in the sense that we understand eating?
- 559. Well, Dr. Noymann says
that it absorbs energy
- 560. from the things it destroys,
- 561. sort of a molecular osmosis.
- 562. Could it have come here to rest?
- 563. - if it did, it sure as shooting isn't.
- 564. So far as we knew the bird just kept flying
around the Earth,
- 565. always flying, never stopping.
- 566. Well, that's what bothered me,
so I called General Buskirk.
- 567. Mitch, remember Pierre Broussard,
at the farm?
- 568. Yeah, him and his la carcagne,
or whatever he thought he saw.
- 569. It just goes to prove what they always say,
truth is stranger than fiction.
- 570. Well, this was no fiction.
Pierre did see something, he saw the bird.
- 571. 12,000 feet up at night in a storm?
- 572. - No. The bird came down to Earth.
- But you just finished saying...
- 573. Well, General Buskirk told me
they found the mark of a giant claw
- 574. on a field next to Pierre Broussard's farm,
and I know why.
- 575. The bird came here to build a nest.
- 576. Nest.
- 577. Eggs.
- 578. More birds.
- 579. It's got to be true.
There's just no other reason for it.
- 580. General Buskirk. MacAfee calling.
This is urgent.
- 581. Baby, gather up those papers for me,
will you please? Take these, too.
- 582. General Buskirk? MacAfee.
- 583. Now, please don't argue or ask for reasons.
I'll explain later. It's desperately important.
- 584. I need a fast plane, and then a helicopter.
- 585. Please, please, General, believe me.
I know what I'm doing.
- 586. Yeah, at Broussard's place, the farm.
- 587. Right. We're leaving right now.
Sally's with me. Yes.
- 588. We'll go straight to the airport.
- 589. We interrupt this program
for an important announcement.
- 590. Ladies and gentlemen,
speaking from Washington,
- 591. Lieutenant General Considine,
United States Air Force.
- 592. We are faced with a crisis,
- 593. a crisis for which all the nations
of the world,
- 594. in unprecedented cooperative action,
have found as yet no solution.
- 595. Until we do, we shall not rest.
- 596. We have tried every weapon in the arsenals
of the mightiest armies on Earth.
- 597. They have proven worse than useless.
- 598. Atomic, hydrogen weapons,
capable of wiping cities,
- 599. countries off the face of the Earth,
are completely ineffective
- 600. against this creature from the skies.
- 601. Two days ago, all aircraft were grounded.
- 602. Deprived of its source of food or energy,
however the bird survives,
- 603. the bird began a series of attacks
on the ground,
- 604. in a fantastic orgy of destruction
never before seen.
- 605. Nothing has been safe
from attack by the bird,
- 606. cattle, horses, fields, homes, trains,
all manner of transportation.
- 607. It has become obvious
that the bird is attracted by movement.
- 608. Accordingly, your government
and all the governments of the world
- 609. have declared a state of emergency
and instituted martial law.
- 610. In addition to grounding all aircraft,
all surface transportation,
- 611. cars, trucks, buses, trains, ships at sea,
- 612. all such traffic must be halted at once.
- 613. The movement of food
and essential supplies
- 614. will be handled by the armed forces.
- 615. Blackout conditions will be observed
from sunset to dawn
- 616. every night until further notice.
- 617. Movement of any sort on the streets
or highways during the daylight hours
- 618. must be held to an absolute minimum
- 619. and only where
it has been authorized as essential.
- 620. You have just heard General Considine
speaking from Washington. Stay tuned...
- 621. Mitch!
- 622. Well, that plane is waiting for us.
We've gotta get up to Pierre's place.
- 623. There it is!
- 624. We'd better land
before that decides to do it again.
- 625. The guns.
- 626. Two Weatherby.378 Magnums,
they'll stop anything.
- 627. Anything, Mitch?
- 628. Well, anything but the bird,
but we're looking for eggs.
- 629. Without antimatter energy screens,
- 630. - La carcagne?
- No, Pepe, not la carcagne,
- 631. a million times worse.
- 632. Let's get out of here.
- 633. It looks like the nest, all right.
No sign of any egg.
- 634. Well, it might be somewhere down in there.
- 635. Only way to find out is
to go down there and look.
- 636. La carcagne!
- 637. An egg!
- 638. You shoot gun, make the big noise.
La carcagne come and we all die.
- 639. We have to get that egg, Pierre,
it's our only chance.
- 640. Pierre, he not stay.
- 641. Pierre! Come back!
- 642. I'm from Montana.
- 643. Pierre and his la carcagne.
- 644. - He was right. Seeing it did mean his death.
- 645. I'll alert Washington.
They'll get out search parties.
- 646. Everywhere in the world,
wherever the bird has been sighted,
- 647. just on the off chance
that there might be more eggs,
- 648. so they can be found and destroyed.
- 649. That much we can do.
- 650. Well, let's get back to the city.
- 651. With that bird around,
it's too dangerous to fly.
- 652. We'll leave the chopper
and take Pierre's car.
- 653. He won't be needing it.
- 654. - Come on, Brad, make this thing go.
- Yeah, come on.
- 655. Let's get some speed on this.
Oh, man, he ain't moving at all.
- 656. Come on! Come on!
- 657. - Some maniac driving with lights and fast.
- Maybe he didn't hear the proclamation.
- 658. I'll flag him down when he tries to pass.
- 659. - Hey, daddy-o, get that tin can off the road.
- Come on, man.
- 660. - Hey, man, who's afraid of the big bad bird?
- Turn out your lights! Get off the road!
- 661. Don't worry about us,
we've got salt for its tail.
- 662. Hey, watch out for that salt,
don't get it in the carbs!
- 663. Come on, let's go!
- 664. Crazy kids!
They don't know what they're doing!
- 665. - Dig you later, 'gator.
- Hey, daddy-o, don't call us, we'll call you.
- 666. - They boy is badly hurt, but he's alive.
- The girl's unconscious.
- 667. There's a town up ahead with a hospital.
We'll take them there.
- 668. You and I are going in
to Washington tonight.
- 669. I'll bring the car over here for the kids.
- 670. Miss Caldwell, MacAfee, I'm a busy man.
- 671. I hope this isn't
some sort of crackpot wild goose chase.
- 672. You and me both, General.
- 673. Well, it's your dime, boy.
What is it you want to show me?
- 674. - How to shoot the bird out of the sky.
- Some new type of weapon?
- 675. No, with regular guns, bullets and bombs.
Anything you want.
- 676. MacAfee, I told you that I haven't got time...
- 677. Listen, General. This idea of mine may prove
to be as phony as a $3 bill,
- 678. - but I still think it's worth a listen.
- Well, go ahead.
- 679. Now I don't care
whether that bird came from outer space
- 680. or Upper Saddle River, New Jersey,
- 681. it's still made of flesh and blood
of some sort
- 682. and vulnerable to bullets and bombs.
- 683. If you can get past
that antimatter energy screen.
- 684. Right. That's exactly what I think,
what I hope I've figured out how to do.
- 685. I've just invested a dime of my own, boy.
- 686. Now, this is a blow-up I had made
of a bubble chamber photograph.
- 687. The chamber was bombarded
with high-speed particles.
- 688. Result, a photograph of a trail made
by what is known as a mu meson.
- 689. But notice this hole, this gap right here.
- 690. This gap is one of the most exciting
and significant recent discoveries
- 691. in all science.
- 692. You probably know about it, Dr. Noymann.
- 693. Yes, yes. The formation
of a temporary mesic atom,
- 694. the mu meson with a hydrogen nucleus.
- 695. Right. But mu mesons
are 210 times heavier than electrons.
- 696. Which means that in a mesic atom,
the electrons revolve around a nucleus
- 697. at just a small fraction
of the ordinary distance in a normal atom.
- 698. I know you don't understand all this,
General, but stick with me.
- 699. Now, the mesic atom is extremely small,
- 700. small enough to sift through
the electron defenses of the ordinary atom
- 701. - and fuse with its nuclei.
- Atoms of matter or antimatter.
- 702. Right, Doc! Now if this thing of mine works
and we can get close, real close,
- 703. and bombard that bird's antimatter
energy shield with a stream of mesic atoms,
- 704. I think we can destroy that shield.
- 705. The bird would be defenseless then
except for beak, claws and wings.
- 706. You could hit it with everything
but the kitchen sink.
- 707. We've got kitchen sinks to spare, son.
Do you think you can do it?
- 708. Well, I've kicked around some ideas.
I'm not sure they'll work,
- 709. - but it's certainly worth a try.
- Well, what do you need?
- 710. This lab, Dr. Noymann and his staff,
Sally here to help with the math,
- 711. and a blank check
for supplies and equipment.
- 712. It was yours before you finished
asking for it.
- 713. MacAfee, time is running out.
Today, tomorrow, a week from now maybe...
- 714. Besides I'd hate to lose that dime
I've got invested in you. Good luck, son.
- 715. - Well, anybody ready for some work?
- Work or maybe some magic.
- 716. - What we need is a miracle!
- Here it is. A miracle.
- 717. A dime's worth of miracle.
- 718. This weapon would have to create
- 719. not as rare and isolated
- 720. but in tremendous quantities,
- 721. eject them through
some aiming and propelling device
- 722. so they could travel indefinite distances
through the air
- 723. to arrive with sufficient speed
and in sufficient numbers
- 724. to bombard and destroy
an antimatter shield.
- 725. Truly a miracle of science.
- 726. Especially since the scientific
total life expectancy for a mesic atom,
- 727. up to now, measured in laboratories,
had been one two-millionth of a second.
- 728. Failure.
- 729. Failure...
- 730. after failure...
- 731. after failure.
- 732. And while a handful of dedicated people
struggled to achieve the impossible,
- 733. panic spread to all corners of the Earth.
Panic and nightmare terror.
- 734. Easy.
- 735. Mitch.
- 736. Easy, son, easy. You did your best.
- 737. We can't have you killing the patient
trying to cure the disease, now, can we?
- 738. A magnificent effort, Mitch, magnificent.
- 739. It's unfortunate it was doomed to failure
from the start.
- 740. Oh, great.
- 741. Now if somebody will just deliver
- 742. the deceased can be safely laid away to rest.
- 743. What's the matter with you,
are you all nuts or something?
- 744. Mitch, are you all right?
- 745. Sally, how long has it been
since the explosion?
- 746. About an hour and a half,
two hours, I guess.
- 747. - Oh, we're wasting time.
- Easy, son, easy.
- 748. - Is that bird still in the air?
- Why, yes.
- 749. - You still want to shoot it down?
- Why, yes, yes, sure.
- 750. Well, then, for pete's sake, let's get with it.
General Buskirk has had a plane
- 751. waiting in that field outside of New York
ever since we started the experiments.
- 752. We've got to get the equipment installed
on that plane.
- 753. Mitch, the apparatus didn't work.
The experiments failed.
- 754. Mitch, please lie down in bed.
You were hurt in that explosion.
- 755. Of course, you don't know.
The explosion was no accident.
- 756. I did it on purpose.
I used the mesic atom projector.
- 757. What?
- 758. Well, sure. We had the basic wiring
all fouled up.
- 759. It was a simple matter of adjusting
- 760. on the main condenser terminals.
- 761. I figured it out while you two were asleep,
set it up right and tried it.
- 762. - Now wait a minute, MacAfee.
- 763. Wait a minute. Are you trying to tell me
that that machine of yours works?
- 764. - Sure.
- What kind of plane has
- 765. - Buskirk got waiting for you?
- An old, stripped-down B-25.
- 766. Good. Maneuverability instead of speed.
- 767. Yeah, the whole operation may depend on
being able to turn on a dime.
- 768. Well, then what in blazes are we waiting for?
- 769. Well, that's what I've been talking
about for 10 minutes.
- 770. Get me my pants, will you, General?
Oh, Sally, get out of here.
- 771. We've installed the ejector nozzle
in the tail of the plane,
- 772. - pointing to the back.
- Rewiring the plane's generating system,
- 773. plus an added bank of batteries,
should give us more than enough power.
- 774. Now, weight's a problem. How many people
will you need to operate this machine?
- 775. The doctor, myself and a calculator.
- 776. Have you got someone coming up here
for Sally to brief in a hurry?
- 777. - I don't want her on that plane.
- He's coming in from the city now.
- 778. One question. Why do you aim that gimmick
from the tail and not from the nose?
- 779. Too dangerous in the nose. We might fly
into our own mesic bombardment
- 780. - and destroy the plane.
- Chances are, once we locate the bird
- 781. and we're up in the air,
the bird will chase us.
- 782. - And if it doesn't?
- We'll attract its attention somehow.
- 783. - Sandwiches and coffee.
- Thank you.
- 784. The bird's been sighted
heading for New York City.
- 785. - How long will it take you to finish?
- An hour and a half or two.
- 786. - Still got to connect the thing up.
- No, that's too long.
- 787. We've got to take off in 15 minutes.
You'll have to finish in the air.
- 788. What about the calculator to replace Sally?
- 789. Sorry, MacAfee,
we haven't got any time for that.
- 790. - General...
- Van, you'll fly, I'll back-stop you.
- 791. - Clear the field for a takeoff.
- 792. Well, what are we waiting for?
Get the rest of your stuff on board.
- 793. There it is now,
attacking the United Nations building.
- 794. Make a pass at it.
- 795. The bird's after us, chasing us.
How are you doing?
- 796. - Ready in a minute.
- Well, fast, boy, fast.
- 797. For God's sake, hurry, man!
It's catching up with us fast.
- 798. Got it! Close those circuits.
- 799. It's all yours, General.
- 800. Steady.
- 801. Steady.
- 802. Fire rockets.
- 803. We got it.
- 804. Thanks to experico.
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