Flight of The 3

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1980s & '90s

Joe Smith

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Three aviators embark on a routine voyage that lasts twenty-four hours instead of the planned seven. This happens in the charter air freight business, yet wives and girlfriends don’t always understand why an airplane can take precedence over their schedules.



Short Summary

Airfreight charter business, critical cargo flown on chartered plane, WWII vintage. Logistics challenges met, flying in between jets to Memphis. Our plane breaks down, visit West Memphis at 02:00 to gather supplies attempt return. Plane nearly catches fire, we return to MEM and fix plane next day.

Made it back home in one piece, just another day in charter airfreight. Alternate ending (not written but may work for film) we are attacked by pterodactyls in Southern Illinois on return trip. We help locals destroy the birds, they help us fix our plane after forced landing.


Chicago Illinois and Memphis Tennessee

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Joe Smith

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Underdog,Leader,Educated,Masculine,Modest,Religious,Funny,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Bob - pilot in command

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Strong Moral Code,Funny,Skillful,Masculine,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Craig - co pilot

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Skillful,Decisive,Masculine,Honorable

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

Everyday folk (Joe) is pushed into unfamiliar role while trying to do his job. Takes some risks, encounters dangers never before experienced or trained for when the plane nearly catches fire in the air, but in the end helps the pilots fix their plane, the cargo was delivered and his bosses wowed. Appeals to the legend of the DC-3 airplane and how it survived into modern times, the goings on behind the scenes at major airports, international logistics and what the future held for the industry. Alternate ending (not written) combines the legend of the Illinois Thunderbirds, said to date from ancient times, appearing every 30-40 years wreaking havoc on locals. See: 1955 'The Giant Claw' horror film.

About The Author

The author, using the pen name Joe Smith, is not a pilot and does not pretend to be one. This was written to share the story of working in the air freight industry during a time when the rules were different, things were a lot simpler without cell phones everywhere and internet connectivity wasn’t used as a quality of life measurement. Gulf War I ended months earlier, the world economy and political geographies were experiencing changes, gas was cheap, and now I sound like my dad. Many of the names used in this story are real persons, the events are true.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,18-34,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Pilots, Airfreight Industry, Aviation, Logistics, DC-3 airplane fans,

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon Kindle

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available