Reed and Malloy participate in a "pilot" program to ride as observers on the police helicopter patrol, and learn how best to work with Air-70.



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Episode complete credited cast:
William Boyett ...
Jack Hogan ...
Lt. Fred Benson
William Stevens ...
Officer Lou Walters
James W. Gavin ...
Officer Chet Mills (as Gavin James)
Claude Johnson ...
Fred Stromsoe ...


On Reed's suggestion, Mac arranges for him and Malloy to spend a few days on air patrol so that they can get a feel for what air patrol can or cannot do in assisting ground patrol. If this pilot test is successful, other ground units may also take shifts up in the air, much to some officer's chagrin. Upon their arrival at the helicopter station, they learn that they will be in the air with an old ground patrol friend, Officer Lou Walters, and Officer Chet Mills. Their first call is a heist at a wholesale jewelers located in a high rise complex downtown, the perpetrators still somewhere in the building. Malloy wonders if they can not only patrol the exterior of the building, such as the roof, but also do visual checks in windows. He soon gets his answer. They are then asked to assist in a ground patrol call in an apparent homicide, where the perpetrator left the scene in an identified vehicle. Air patrol takes up the search for that car, based partly on some past information Malloy is ... Written by Huggo

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26 February 1974 (USA)  »

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At the end of the episode, Jack Webb's voiceover says tune in next week for the conclusion of "Air Support". This two part episode is listed as "Skywatch". See more »


Lt. Fred Benson: [about flying in the police helicopter for the first time] Well, just remember, in case you ever get air sick, we got one rule.
Officer Pete Malloy: I know. We clean it up.
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