Glancing out the cockpit window of the 747 jumbo jet, the co-pilot does a double-take at an odd flicker of light dancing at the edge of the clouds.
"What is that?" asks the co-pilot. "Is that Philly?"
"It must be. Why?" replies the pilot, adjusting the controls on the automatic pilot.
"It looks like a good part of the city is ... on fire," answers the co-pilot, struggling to believe his eyes. "I've never seen an urban fire that large before. It must be massive!"
Leaning over to peer out the right window, the pilot takes a look for himself.
"You're right. That is massive!" replies the pilot.
Leaning forward, the co-pilot looks out the forward window, only to find another urban fire every bit as large.
"What the hell is going on down there?" he mutters. "That looks like Baltimore and DC – and those fires look even bigger!"
"Atlanta, TransGlobal 149," the pilot calls over the radio.
"TransGlobal 149, go ahead," replies the ATC.
"Atlanta, ah, we just noticed what looks like a couple of very large urban fires in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Have you any information...
Cutting him off mid-sentence, two F-18 Hornets scream past barely three hundred feet overhead and to the right.
"What the hell is this?!" blurts out the co-pilot.
After a couple of seconds of stunned silence, the voice of the ATC returns:
"TransGlobal, it's been all over the
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