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Two Birds of a Feather 

A single engine light aircraft being flow from California to Hawaii crashes in the tidal pool at the estate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Calvin ...
Jenny 'Jen' Hunter
Sam Hunter's Mother
John DiSanti ...
Gallagher / 'Gargoyle'
Sato (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Matthew Faison ...
Lee Childress
Chad Sheets ...
Kip Hunter
Dean Wein ...
Emmett Dennis III ...
Twiggy (as Emmett Dennis)


A small plane crashes into the estate's tidal pool. Magnum saves the pilot, Sam Hunter. Hunter was delivering the plane from the mainland and can't help but wonder why he ran out of fuel. Magnum for some reason thinks he knows him but doesn't know where. Hunter returns to the mainland and everyone accuse him of fouling up but he maintains he didn't do anything wrong. He goes home to Texas for his son's birthday. Back in Hawaii someone breaks into the estate and looks for something inside the plane Magnum goes out and sees them and they shoot at him. Magnum finds that there are some lead bars in the plane. He then calls Hunter who tells him about the lead and the man he was delivering the plane to. It seems like the man involved in some shady business which prompts Hunter to go back to the airfield to confront the man he thinks placed the lead in the plane. Written by

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Release Date:

17 March 1983 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based on the common expression: Birds of a feather flock together. This expression has been around since at least the 16th century as: "Birds of one kind and color flock and fly always together." See more »


Numerous aviation-related errors take place. The call signs for airplanes such as "44 Foxtrot" would be for a plane with a tail number ending 44F. The Lear jet using this call sign had a tail number of 33BK, while the P51 "64 Charlie Lima" had a tail number of 64CE. Accordingly, the Lear would have used 33 Bravo Kilo and the P51 64 Charlie Echo.

Next, the Lear shown had a maximum speed of 542 MPH and service ceiling of 45,000 feet, while the P51 chasing it had a maximum speed of 437 MPH. While the P51 has a service ceiling of almost 42,000 feet, any altitude above 14,000 feet would require oxygen (that was not present) for the pilot to remain conscious. The P51 would not have been able to overtake the faster jet given the jet's head start, and it would never have been able to pursue it at altitude. See more »

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1 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems this must have been a pilot for William Lucking. Selleck appears briefly in the beginning and has a spot at the end but this is not a Magnum. Lucking plays a pilot who saved Magum in Vietnam but the two never met. Lucking crashes a plane in Robin's tidal pool but the real story revolves around Lucking's relationship back in Texas with his son and ex wife. Lucking lives for flying but his desire to fly has ruined his marriage. As it turns out the plane he was flying to Hawaii was supposed to crash with Lucking on board. So the questions are who tried to kill him and why, will he reunite with his wife, and will he be a stay at home dad with local adventures. Apparently the idea didn't sell and this is a poor episode.

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