Futuristic helicopter (black & white Bell 222) seen on the
aviation action adventure AIRWOLF/CBS/1984-86/USA/1987. The
helicopter "Airwolf" (government file No. A56-7W) was designed to
be the ultimate flying machine. Its capabilities included a
cruising speed of 300 knots; climbing ceiling of 82,000 feet;
onboard computers with topographical and vehicle identification
data banks; four 30mm front mounted machine guns; two 40mm wing
cannons; and bottom launched heat seeking missiles (Hellfire,
Redeye, Copperheads, Sidewinder, Phoenix, Maverick, & Shrike). To
avoid duplication, Airwolf's design plans were stored inside it
When Airwolf's creator/designer, Professor
Moffit (Charles Henry) stole the craft to sell to a foreign
government, an ultra secret group called "The Firm" assigned
former Vietnam veteran pilot Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael
Vincent) to recover it.
However, when he got it, he refused to
give it back until the US War Department stepped up their efforts
to find his brother who had been listed missing in action in
Vietnam. Hawke hid Airwolf in a large mountain crater in the
Southwest desert area called "The Valley Of The Gods."
mysterious man in white with a cane and eye patch called Michael
Archangel (Alex Cord) negotiated the recapture of Airwolf, all the
while, however, using Hawke and Airwolf for a variety of secret
The only others who knew of its location were Hawke's
employer, Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine), a veteran helicopter
pilot and employer of Hawke, and later in the series Caitlin
O'Shannessey (Jean Bruce Scott).
During the 1985 fall season, a supped-up twin version of Airwolf premiered. Called Redwolf, the dynamic duplicate sported a
black top, a red underbelly and was equipped with a laser cannon.
In an apocryphal air battle, Hawke, piloting Airwolf, destroyed
The USA Cable network continued the series with a cast of
four new actors when CBS dropped the show in 1986. This revised
program featured Stringfellow's long-lost brother, Saint John
Hawke (Barry Van Dyke), Dominic's niece, Jo Anne "Jo" Santini
(Michele Scarabelli), Major Mike Rivers (Geraint Wyn Davies), and
Archangel's replacement, Jason Locke (Anthony Sherwood) now
working for "The Company."
TRIVIA NOTE: Aerial shots of Airwolf were
achieved by filming a large scale and a downsized miniature. Stunt
man Reed Rondell was killed January 18, 1985 when a helicopter
crashed during the filming of one episode–pilot
Scott Meyers survived.
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