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“The Long Night” - Suspense

Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:10 am

Just listened to the 65 year old radio episode listed above. It’s available for download on SiriusXM in the Frank Lovejoy birthday block.

It was a very detailed drama regarding an ATC (Rockford IL) and his efforts to talk down a lost GA pilot through clouds and fog.

I was wondering how accurate it was, from an ATC pilot perspective. As a non-pilot, it felt way more detailed than any fiction I have heard, seen or read before.

Definitely worth a read.
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Re: “The Long Night” - Suspense

Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:08 am

I will have to find it later and see what my ATC background, then report back.

Also, a very very good documentation of ATC helping an aircraft leaving MTH when the pilot of a BE20 passed away with a low time private pilot sitting in the right seat. They helped N559DW land at RSW without incident.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqPvVxxIDr0
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Re: “The Long Night” - Suspense

Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:23 am

I meant to say "worth a listen" as it's an old radio drama. Back in the days of DC-7s and Electras.
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Re: “The Long Night” - Suspense

Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:41 am

ikramerica wrote:
I meant to say "worth a listen" as it's an old radio drama. Back in the days of DC-7s and Electras.


And, talent like Frank Lovejoy.
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Re: “The Long Night” - Suspense

Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:21 pm

"Suspense" is right. How accurate, being some 60 plus years ago who knows, though it sounds similar to things we'd have done today with much better equipment (RADAR to name a few) to talk pilots down when caught on top of a solid layer. Not sure I'd have been quite as stern with what I was telling the pilot, more like being quite calm to hopefully have a calming voice the pilot is able to hear.
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