Inc. - Helicopter company featured on the
adventure WHIRLYBIRDS/SYN/1957-60. Based at Longwood Field in
Southern California, Whirlybirds, Inc. is co-owned by Chuck Martin
(Kenneth Tobey) and Pete "P.T." Moore (Craig Hill). Piloting their
main helicopter, a Bell 47G helicopter (N975B), Chuck & Pete take
on all sorts of jobs from transporting business clients, spraying
crops, putting out fires, helping the police locate escaped
prisoners or rescuing a stranded hiker from a dangerous situation.
The Whirlybird's Inc. office was run by secretary Janet Culver
(Sandra Spence) and later Helen Carter (Nancy Hale). Chuck and
Pete both served in the Korean War. Chuck spent eight months in a P.O.W.
camp, and while he was missing in action his fiancée married
someone else. Chuck is also the older of the pilots and Pete
occasionally calls his partner "Dad" or "Pappy." Chuck, in turn,
calls Pete "Sonny."
The series debuted in 1957 and ran through 1959 for a total of 111
half-hour episodes, of which 106 eventually aired. Thirty-nine
episodes were quickly re-syndicated by CBS as COPTER PATROL.
TRIVIA NOTE: In the opening credits, the shot of
the helicopter is reversed, look at the logo and call sign.
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