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Chain Lightning (1950)

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Lt Colonel Matt Brennan after being discharged from the military, and trying his hand at running a civilian flying school, meets an old US Army Air Force buddy, Major Hinkle . Brennan is subsequently offered a job at the Willis Aircraft Company as the chief test pilot for an experimental high speed jet fighter known as the JA-3, designed by Carl Troxell . Troxell is also a link to Brennan's past as he had known him in the war when Brennan was a bomber pilot. A flashback to B-17 missions over Germany reveal Brennan is a top-notch pilot.

Another link to his past at the Willis company is his former flame, Jo Holloway , now Willis' secretary. In order to prove the capabilities of the new JA-3, capable of speeds up to , Brennan convinces Willis that a record-breaking flight from Nome, Alaska to Washington DC, via the North Pole, will impress the government. Troxell tries to develop a safer version of the revolutionary aircraft, the JA-4, equipped with an escape pod, but dies during a test flight.

The record flight is a success with Brennan earning a $30,000 paycheck, enough to marry Jo. Then he learns that Troxell has been killed. Despite his earlier reservations about the need for safety systems, Brennan takes another JA-4 out for the official government demonstrations, using the escape pod to prove that the new aircraft is safe. On landing, he falls into the arms of his beloved.

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Whole or part of the information contained in this card come from the Wikipedia article "Молния (фильм, 1950)", licensed under CC-BY-SA full list of contributors here.