Return of the Fighting 69th

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Return of the Fighting 69th
Season 1, Episode 8
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Air date October 25, 1979
Written by David Carren
Directed by Philip Leacock
Episode guide
The Plot to Kill a City, Part II
Unchained Woman

"Return of the Fighting 69th" is the eighth episode of the 1st season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.


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Gun runners named Roxanne Trent and Commander Corliss plan to kill Wilma as part of their revenge for her capturing them years earlier, during which their ship had caught fire and disfigured them both. Their plans involve the use of captured 20th century nerve gas, which is still potent enough to destroy all life on Earth. As commander of the Defense squadron, Wilma must find a way to locate and destroy the gas, which is hidden at the gun runner's hideout inside an asteroid belt. She discovers that the only one who has knowledge of how to traverse the belt is Major Noah Cooper, an old friend of Wilma's father, and the elderly leader of a retired squadron, the Fighting 69th. Although the pilot is willing to lead his old pilots through the asteroids, Wilma does not know whether or not she should ask him, believing that the age of his squadron may be too great to complete the mission.




  • Directed by Philip Leacock
  • Written by David Carren
  • Produced by Jock Gaynor, Medora Heilbron, Bruce Lansbury, Glen A. Larson, David J. O'Connell and David G. Phinney
  • Music by Johnny Harris
  • Cinematography by Ben Colman
  • Film Editor - Michael Berman
  • Casting - Phil Benjamin
  • Art Director - Fred Luff, III
  • Set Decorator - Frank Lombardo
  • Costume Designer - Sal Anthony

  • Harker Wade - Unit Production Manager

  • Bob Bender - First Assistant Director
  • Gerald T. Olson - Second Assistant Director

  • Jerry Allen - Model Builder
  • Ted Wilson - Carpenter (uncredited)

  • Earl Crain, Jr. - Sound
  • Dick Wahrman - Sound Effects Editor

  • Chuck Arrigo - Special Effects Coordinator (uncredited)

  • Peter Anderson - Visual Effects Supervisor: Universal Hartland
  • David M. Garber - Miniature Effects
  • Wayne Smith - Miniature Effects

  • Gary Armstrong - Assistant Camera
  • Kenneth Hale - First Assistant Camera

  • Glen A. Larson - Composer: Theme Music
  • Herbert D. Woods - Music Editor
  • Johnny Harris - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)
  • Stu Phillips - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)

  • Chris Haynes - Driver (uncredited)

  • Alan Brennert - Story Editor
  • Anne Collins - Story Consultant

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