Flight Path (UFO)

"Flight Path" is the fifteenth episode aired of the first series of UFO - a 1970 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth. The screenplay, originally entitled "The Sun Always Rises", was written by Ian Scott Stewart and the director was Ken Turner. The episode was filmed between 26 May to 5 June, 1969 and aired on the ATV Midlands on 20 January, 1971. Though shown as the fifteenth episode, it was actually the third to have been filmed.[1][2]

"Flight Path"
UFO episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 15
Directed byKen Turner
Written byIan Scott Stewart
Production code26 May to 5 June, 1969
Original air date20 January, 1971 (ATV Midlands)

The series was created by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill, and produced by the Andersons and Lew Grade's Century 21 Productions for Grade's ITC Entertainment company.[3]


Carol, the wife of Paul Roper, a Moonbase operative, is being threatened by Dawson, a SHADO medical operative under alien control. Roper is blackmailed into feeding false information into SID - the satellite that tracks incoming UFOs. The information being sent to SID will allow a UFO to attack Moonbase using heavy sunspot activity as cover. However, SID reports that some of Roper's data is incorrect - either accidentally or deliberately.

Carol is attacked by Dawson, and both are killed. Roper, to defend Moonbase travels out onto the lunar surface with a rocket launcher. He manages to destroy the incoming UFO but the resulting explosion punctures his space suit and he dies from oxygen starvation.[4]



Also Starring


  • Maxwell Shaw — Dr. Shroeder
  • Sonia Fox — Carol Roper
  • Keith Grenville — Dawson, medic
  • David Daker — SHADO guard

Production notes

Locations used for the filming included Neptune House, BBC Elstree Studios, Borehamwood.


  1. "UFO Episode Guide - Mindbender". Fanderson. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  2. "UFO Characters - Mindbender". SHADO Library. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  3. "Underappreciated TV: UFO". Den of Geek. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  4. Bentley, Chris (10 January 2003). The Complete Book of Gerry Anderson's UFO. p. 44. ISBN 978-1903111659.
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