Airwolf (1984–1986)
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Shadow of the Hawke 

While demonstrating the capabilities of the new prototype supercopter codenamed 'Airwolf', Dr. Charles Moffet goes rogue, steals the chopper and kills almost all of the observers. At least ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gabrielle Ademaur
Senator William Dietz
John Calvin ...
W.K. Stratton ...
Chuck Sinclair - Engineer
Frank Annese ...
Carrier Commander
Mitch - Director
Mona Kahn - Reporter (as Dee Dee Rescher)
Dean Wein ...
Mark Gordon - Co-Pilot


While demonstrating the capabilities of the new prototype supercopter codenamed 'Airwolf', Dr. Charles Moffet goes rogue, steals the chopper and kills almost all of the observers. At least one man -- Michael Coldsmith Briggs III survives. Briggs, codenamed 'Archangel' is the head of a covert organization called 'The Firm' and Archangel calls upon the one man in the world he knows that can retrieve the copter. The problem is Stringfellow Hawke is not only a loner, but a recluse as well. The amount of money the Firm is willing to pay for Airwolf's recovery is irrelevant. Hawke wants just one thing - the safe return of his brother, Saint John, who was captured during the Vietnam war and is evidently a POW. Written by R. Bernard Ment

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22 January 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the series pilot movie, several references are made to Mirabel Oil. The F.I.R.M.'s spies work undercover in Libya through Mirabel Oil. The name "Mirabel" is a nod to the Bell Mirabel helicopter manufacturing facility in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where Bell produces all of its commercial helicopters, including the Bell 222 that was modified for use in the Airwolf (1984) TV series. See more »


When identifying the ship Airwolf is about to destroy, the screen identifies it as an Adams-class destroyer, but the co-pilot calls it a Knox-class destroyer. While the Adams-class of ships are properly destroyers, the Knox-class of ships are frigates, not destroyers. And neither of those two ships are what Airwolf actually destroys. Both classes of ships are single stack, steam driven with a single forward 5-inch gun. The ship Airwolf shoots is a dual stack diesel with two forward guns. See more »


Mark Gordon - Co-Pilot: Stop it! This is perverted!
Dr. Charles Henry Moffet: There is nothing wrong with a little perversion Mark, just so long as you don't hurt yourself.
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3 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Writer and director Donald P. Bellisario synthesized "Blue Thunder" and "Firefox" for the pilot episode of the "Air Wolf" series on CBS-TV. The melodramatic action series ran three years on CBS and one on cable before it got canceled. Basically,our clean-cut, rugged hero, Stringfellow Hawk (Jan Michael Vincent of "Defiance") is an expert chopper pilot when he isn't living alone at a remote cabin where he thrives on both his grandparents' collection of classic art and the animals that live in the woods. Hawk has a Bluetick Coonhound named "Tet." Hawk's life changes when CIA honcho Michael Coldsmith Briggs III, Code-Named Archangel, (Alex Cord of "The Brotherhood") decides to dispatch him to Libya to steal the prototype of a new high-tech supersonic chopper with an extremely lethal arsenal. Co-starring as Vincent's sidekick of sorts is perennial favorite Ernest Borgnine of "The Dirty Dozen" who plays the hopelessly optimistic Dominic Santini. It seems that both of Hawk's parents died, and Dominic raised him after that tragedy. Dominic and Hawk's father had been World War II fliers. In this episode, we learn how the chopper was created and then hijacked by its villainous creator Dr. Charles Henry Moffet (David Hemmings of "Blow-Up") and taken to Libya. The use of a green lizard in the first scene when Airwolf is revealed is imaginative. The pilots that climb aboard the helicopter appear appropriately sinister in their huge, darkly visored helmets and jump suits. Dr. Moffet demonstrates what Airwolf can do to a Congressman and then unleashes its entire arsenal at the spectators and wounds ArchAngel. "Airwolf" was a slick, dependable, but predictable action series.

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