U.S.L.S. 1

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  • On December 21, 1988 John Lydon and his wife Nora were due to catch Pan American World Airways' third daily scheduled transatlantic trip from London Heathrow Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Because of delays caused by Nora's packing, they arrived at the airport too late to catch the plane.

    The flight Lydon and his wife missed was the doomed Pan Am Flight 103, which was destroyed by a bomb whilst flying over Lockerbie in Scotland, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members on board. When they learned of what happened, the couple looked at each other and almost collapsed. This dubby near-instrumental was written by Lydon as a message to the Lockerbie bomber, who would have blown him up but for their last-minute change of plan.

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