GOOD MORNING VIETJAN - I AM IRON NAM - I SAW IT TOO!!
Three shots in my sequence of 'on the plane over' pictures taken during the 2012 3RRR FM/Intrepid Vietnam Trip have involved my Iron Man action figures looking in the window of the aircraft. This is WHY...
Richard Matheson's classic 1963 short story "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet" told of a nervous aircraft passenger whose paranoia proves perfectly justified when, through his window, he sees a 'gremlin' tampering with the engine of the plane he's travelling on.
The story was adapted into a memorable episode of the Twilight Zone television series, with William Shatner in the role of the hapless passenger, whose increasingly desperate attempts to alert the cabin crew are taken as evidence of his own insanity, as the creature repeatedly leaps away before the crew can see it.
The episode was remade as a segment of the 198s "Twilight Zone" movie, this time with John Lithgow playing the passenger.
When Shatner and Lithgow were united in the Science Fiction comedy series, "3rd Rock From The Sun" their characters inevitably compared notes about their experiences flying and find they've had the same close encounter...which is rich, considering they're both playing aliens, anyway!
The Shatner/Lithgow scene is here at 1.31 minutes....
The story has been parodied and referenced in everything from "The Simpsons", through "30 Rock", "Saturday Night Live", and even "Muppets Tonight".
If you've not heard of Richard Matheson before you're in for a treat as you discover he's the writer behind a great number of television and motion picture genre classics as well as the creator of many genre defining novels and short stories.
It's no wonder I've got no fear of flying, way too many years of this kind of fiction have inoculated me! ("Quarantine II", "Flight Of The Living Dead", "Land Of The Giants", "Snakes On A Plane", "Flight Of The Phoenix", "Five Came Back"....the list is endless!)
Incidentally, gremlins and planes form a sky-myth that goes waaayyy back!
Though I daresay that Iron Man would make short work of the beasties.
Keep calm and carry on luggage!