Page 34 reveals that Foster was the most accomplished test
pilot of his time.
Also on page 34, it is suggested that supplies for the
Skydiver submarines are often parachuted down to them from
the air to the sea and that a "private flying club" on the
Norfolk borders is actually a SHADO supply distribution
base. (Norfolk is a county on the eastern coast of England.)
On page 35, Freeman suggests that Harlington-Straker Studios
specializes in making flops since it's hard to
justify/cover-up a military unit (SHADO) making a financial
profit in the books! Freeman also gives an explanation of
why a film studio is a perfect cover for the goings-on of SHADO,
mostly that anything strange arriving on the grounds can be
explained away as a film prop or part of a film production.
On page 36, Freeman seems to suggest that the mysterious
aliens visiting Earth are also getting into human minds,
besides kidnapping humans for organs as suggested in
"Identified". This is
underscored in some later episodes.
Page 37 reveals that Skydiver 1 captain Peter Carlin is
Puerto Rican and that he moved like a dancer. The dancer
reference may be an homage to the actor who portrayed him in
the series, Peter Gordeno, who was a dancer, singer, and
choreographer, as well as an actor.
On page 38, Carlin seems to suggest that women may be
better-suited for work on Moonbase than men, hence the
mostly-female contingent seen there in the TV episodes.
Ironically, Foster, a man, will become commander of Moonbase when he
On page 39, the story Carlin tells of his sister's
disappearance after a UFO incident is different than the one
we see in
"Identified". It also
indicates that Carlin was formerly in the British Navy.
Page 69 suggests that Foster graduated summa cum laude ("with
highest honor", from the Latin) from
While working at Harlington-Straker Studios on page 72,
Foster sarcastically thinks of himself as the Alexander
Korda of 1980. Korda was a well-known British film
director/producer during the first half of the 20th Century.
Page 78 states that lunar gravity is one-sixth that of
Earth. This is correct.
Page 79 suggests that the gravity inside Moonbase is somehow
adjusted to something closer to Earth standard than the
natural gravity of the moon. How this is done is not
Page 80 suggests that the purple wigs worn by the women in
Moonbase are designed to be anti-static.
Page 81 suggests that the central building of the Moonbase
complex is referred to as Central Park. This is
confirmed in the article "SHADO
Defence: Moonbase" in the 1970 UFO Annual.
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