The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 1, Episode 5

Little Orphan Airplane (22 Feb. 1974)

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Col. Steve Austin is dispatched to Africa to find and rescue U.S. pilot Josh Perkins who recently made a crash landing there and carries a valuable roll of film.



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Episode credited cast:
Scoey Mitchell ...
Major Chooka
Marge Redmond ...
Sister Annett
Captain Braco
Josh Perkins
Stack Pierce ...
Tierre Turner ...
David Turner ...
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
Arnold F. Turner ...
Sergeant (as Arnold Turner)
Don Mantooth ...
1st Radio Operator (as Donald Mantooth)
2nd Radio Operator
Susan Powell ...
Sister Terese (as Susan Gay Powell)
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Col. Steve Austin is dispatched to Africa to find and rescue U.S. pilot Josh Perkins who recently made a crash landing there and carries a valuable roll of film.

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22 February 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Little Orphan pilot Josh Perkins radios a "coded message" to the Mother Hen aircraft. The first time he states it as 7-0-14-2-3-5. When he repeats it moments later, it becomes 7-0-14-0-2-3-5 (with an added zero after the fourteen). See more »


Josh Perkins: Steve, what is it?
Col. Steve Austin: An entire patrol climbing up.
Josh Perkins: We got a machine gun, I'll take care of 'em.
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References Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) See more »

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Okay episode.... nothing spectacular here
4 October 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Greg Morris - remember him from Mission: Impossible? - guest stars as a pilot who crash lands in Africa whilst taking photographs in a designated no-go zone. Not wanting the African authorities to see American involvement in a potential war in Africa - Oscar sends Steve to recover the photos.

Morris though survives the crash and is taken in by two sisters (one of which has a huge crush on Dale Robertson - the actor). Steve finds Morris, repairs the plane and flies himself, Morris and the two sisters to safety.

Not much to it is there? A poor enough episode really of the SMDM as nothing really happens that is out of the ordinary. Sure Steve runs fast with Morris on a trailer (the slow-mo is not used here but instead an embarrassing Benny Hill like run across the field is shown) and carries a plane engine around on his shoulder. He also throws stones at the ensuing African army platoon - apparently they sound like falling missiles ??? Corny.

Steve not only repairs the plane and flies them out but somehow manages to set up a meeting on set with Dale Robertson for the star-crossed sister once they are back in the US.

If you were recommending the SMDM to anyone - then I wouldn't pick this particular episode as a good example of the show.

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