As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter.
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 Stringfellow Hawke (55 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Michael Coldsmith Briggs III / ... (55 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Dominic / ... (55 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Caitlin O'Shannessy (44 episodes, 1984-1986)
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Airwolf is the most sophisticated helicopter imaginable (flies halfway round the world, outruns jet planes). Stringfellow Hawke is its pilot, essentially blackmailing a secret US agency into finding his brother (lost in Vietnam) while he flies dangerous assignments for "The Firm." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A New Kind of Weapon. A New Kind of Hero.


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22 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Where they kept Airwolf was supposed to be in the Southern California desert, but the location they show is Monument Valley, Arizona. See more »

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Throughout the series, Airwolf is shown launching various missiles from three small tubes under the helicopter. These include the Copperhead (6 inch diameter x 54 inch length), Harpoon (13.5 inch diameter x 12.5 feet length), Hellfire (7 inch diameter x 64 inch length), and Maverick (12 inch diameter x 8 feet length). None of these missiles are small enough to fit into the tubes shown. All of the air-launched variants were mounted on hardpoints on the wings. The Copperhead was never used by aircraft, it is launched by artillery. See more »

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Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith Briggs III: I may not be accurate about your location, but I can sure make an educated guess as to your destination. Can I assist?
Stringfellow Hawke: Yeah, you can feed my dog!
Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith Briggs III: How'd you know I was - Sometimes, Hawke, you amaze even me. Good luck!
Dominic Santini: How come Archangel's "good luck" always sounds like "goodbye?"
Dominic Santini: Amazing! Behind that impeccable white suit beats a heart... of recyclable plastic!
Dominic Santini: Whatever happened to that flyin'-by-the-seat-of-your-pants stuff?
Stringfellow Hawke: Oh, that went out when designers started writin' their names on your ...
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String and Dom kicked @$$ when they showed 'em The Lady
9 August 2003 | by (Blackburn, England) – See all my reviews

Of course, Airwolf was one of the premier action shows of the 80s and was more believable than the sugar-coated antics of Knight Rider and A-Team, because it was set in the world of espionage and Stringfellow killed LOADS of bad guys when he battled them in The Lady. The series started off as a spy thriller with Airwolf duking it out with Russians, German terrorists, war criminals, renegade US agents and hardened mercenaries. If I remember rightly, ITV showed these episodes on Friday nights at 7pm back in November '84.

When the 2nd season kicked in, they moved it to an afternoon Saturday slot. This is when a new co-pilot Caitlin was introduced. She wasn't bad, and they still did good intrigue episodes such as the gripping thriller Moffatt's Ghost, Fallen Angel and HX-1 (Once A Hero was a spectacular actioner), but gradually, the series became cornier, as the Airwolf team began helping out ordinary people and there were some soapy stories such as String falling for a rock singer. They also started using stock footage in some episodes, more so in the third season.

The 3rd season got off to a cracking start with the menacing Horn Of Plenty. Richard Lynch did a good job as the manipulative Van Horn and Caitlin proved she could be a bad*** as well. Other top episodes were Airwolf II, Annie Oakley and Deadly Circle, but as I said before, they started over-using stock footage from previous series and the stories were becoming slushy. Despite this, Airwolf was arguably the best action-packed thriller on the small screen during the Reagan era.


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