After the end of the Second World War, Jack Ruskin, a demobbed pilot, attempts to make a living from his one-plane airline business.








Series cast summary:
Roy Marsden ...  Jack Ruskin 9 episodes, 1982
Richard Heffer ...  Peter Witney 8 episodes, 1982
Sean Scanlan Sean Scanlan ...  Jock McEvoy 8 episodes, 1982
Polly Hemingway ...  Jennie Shaw 8 episodes, 1982
Peter Schofield Peter Schofield ...  Frank Shaw / ... 8 episodes, 1982
Terence Rigby ...  Ernie Cade 7 episodes, 1982
Jeanne Watts Jeanne Watts ...  Mrs. Shaw 7 episodes, 1982
Michael Wisher ...  Kellett 6 episodes, 1982
Christopher Gray Christopher Gray ...  Alby Clarke 4 episodes, 1982


Newly-discharged from the RAF after World War II, Jack Ruskin, a blunt no-nonsense Yorkshireman, decides to set up his own airline, Ruskin Air Services. Something of an idealist, Jack is prepared to bend every rule in the book to achieve his goal of flying a Dakota once again. He soon does a deal with Ernie Cade, a notorious spiv who can lay his hands on any item of war surplus - for the right price - and then enlists Peter Witney as co-pilot and Jock McEvoy as maintenance engineer. But his long absences start to put a strain on his relationship with Jennie, his girlfriend. Written by Martin Underwood

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This was a FANTASTIC series
11 May 2014 | by Clark-W-GriswoldSee all my reviews

Finally released on D.V.D. Airline is a fantastic series, and a very expensive one to make at the time, with a fantastic cast, including the wonderful DC-3 Dakotas.

It is a real shame that the T.V. companies fell out over this series, it was originally meant to chart Jack Ruskin building his airline up from being de-mobbed after the Second Worls War all the way up to the 1980's, but when Y.T.V. fell out with Greatorex over unauthorised script re-writes, and facing serious financial strain, the plug was pulled after the first series, a real shame!

So if you love planes, or want to watch a T.V. series made in the days before reality television, that shows how well a series can be made, then buy it now!

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