With three Mach 3 fighters mysteriously down (metal failure? a new enemy weapon? sabotage?) and the Air Force pressing for an explanation, metals engineer Paul Sarko, who clad the Cobra, swallows his distaste for further war work and starts investigating. . . dimly, until light appears in the form of a laser which could, under flight conditions, weaken the metal sufficiently to cause it to shatter. The traitor who tipped off the (Russian) enemy tips his hand, clears chief suspect Rita Moreno of mal-intent in her attentions to Sarko. In a flying finale, he and dark-skinned pilot Colt score one for deterrence over merciless killing. It's about the only action; the rest is stiffly, tritely talked out. Some interest in the quasi-scientific sleuthing, none in the plaster cast.