Tempting Fate: Music
- Machinae Supremacy, Need For Steve, opening speech:
We'll give you complete creative control.
- Robert Calvert, late on/off vocalist/lyricist of Hawkwind, made his solo debut in 1974 with Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters.  The album is a satirical account of the 1961 West German Lockheed Bribery Scandal involving then-defence-minister Franz Josef Strauss (portrayed by a rabid Vivian Stanshall, of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band); pushing towards the brink of resurrecting German Air Superiority, Strauss is enticed by an offer of an American Con Artist, who sells the titular F-104 Starfighter Plane in bulk, as well as refitting them as the "F-104G" (for Germany, as Strauss energetically points out) The problem is that in Real Life, the F-104 was a fighter infamous for its safety record, quickly becoming known as Der Witwenmacher (The Widowmaker), with at least 30% of the planes having crashed. The real kicker comes with the titular Captain Lockheed, basically a drugged-up test pilot with Swaggering Bravado to Match. Once the press unravels the whole charade, Strauss and the entire defence board resign.
- YMMV, if it becomes harsher or strangely predictive, seeing as how the scandals stretched to other friendly governments, including the Netherlands and Japan, as well as how Lockheed had been bailed out in 1971, only to have been revealed to have spent $22 Million in ensuring the use of the Starfighter around the world in 1976.
- That, and there's the Gremlin: an embodiment of every failure of aircraft testing played by Arthur Brown, to dazzling effect.