Lawndale Air Force (2/3)
By Michael J. Pfeffer
Scene 4- At the start of a large runway. Two AT-6 Texan propeller trainer aircraft
are sitting side-by-side. Jane is outside one, Brittany is outside the other. Michael and
Daria are talking to Jane, Brittany is still trying to get up into the cockpit.
Jane: That's me, Tom Cruise. Woo hoo.
Daria: Could be worse. You could be Goose.
Michael: Hey, at least you're flying. We've got Strategy and Tactics, then a stint at Air
War College. Fine by me, but I'd rather be flying.
Jane: You're lucky- you'll get to fly the F-22 over Lawndale High during football practice
with live weapons.
Michael: Nope I couldn't program the weapons to track individuals.
Jane and Daria (Simultaneously): Dammit!
Michael: Just out-fly Brittany that shouldn't be too hard.
(Gestures towards Brittany's Texan)
Brittany: What's this button do?
Instructor: No! Don't
(Brittany presses button, reddish liquid pours out from landing gear tubing.
Instructor: That dumps the hydraulic fluid.
Brittany (Twirling hair absentmindedly): Not my fault you didn't label it!
Scene 5- 10,000 feet above the Colorado Plateau- two AT-6 Texans, flying in rough
Jane (Over radio): So it's just basic maneuvers, then advanced, then air combat?
Head Instructor (Also Radio): That's affirmative, Alpha One. You'll be taking the lead
because of er mental incapacity.
Brittany (Radio): Does that mean I'm really smart?
Head Instructor: Couldn't hear you. Erm Radio difficulty. We'll hand it off to Colonel
Landry, the backseat in Alpha One. Base out.
(Cut to the backseat of Jane's plane)
Landry: Okay, ladies, we'll start with a basic one-point roll. This is easy- pull the
the right and hold it throughout the roll, then let go when you're level and use the
controls to level out.
Brittany: Er could you repeat that?
Landry: (Sighing) Alpha Two, you go first.
(Brittany's aircraft pitches upward wildly and smoke comes out of her engine.)
(Cut to two-seat view of Brittany's plane)
Instructor: No! Don't push that button!
Brittany: Oops am I bad?
(Instructor glares at Brittany.)
Instructor: Base, this is Alpha Two. I have damage to my aircraft. Request emergency
Base: Roger that, Two. You have runway zero-four left. The pattern is yours. We are
sending up Delta One as your backup wingman.
Jane: Backup wingman?
(Another Texan flies up, matching Jane's formation and speed.)
Daria (Radio): Hey there, Maverick.
Jane: Daria? How'd you get the guts to come up here?
Michael (Radio): Well, I was instrumental.
(Daria wags the wings of her plane.)
Michael: Well, I suppose you've already had some basic flight training
Jane: I see Daria told you about how my sister Summer was a private pilot...
Michael: Let's skip the amateur stuff and go right to ACM- Air Combat Maneuvering.
Daria: You like the Air Force way too much.
Michael: Better than the Army- they grunt in response to questions.
Daria: Kevin will fit right in there.
(Radios crackle on both aircraft.)
Base: Ah, Alpha and Delta flights, we have a change in plans. You've been moved up.
Return to base immediately.
Daria: Oh well, I hate to miss the violent flying.
Michael: Well, let's head in.
To Be Continued....