As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jan-Michael Vincent ...  Stringfellow Hawke 55 episodes, 1984-1986
Alex Cord ...  Michael Coldsmith Briggs III / ... 55 episodes, 1984-1986
Ernest Borgnine ...  Dominic Santini 55 episodes, 1984-1986
Jean Bruce Scott ...  Caitlin O'Shannessy 44 episodes, 1984-1986
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Storyline

Airwolf is the most sophisticated helicopter imaginable (flies halfway round the world, outruns jet planes). Stringfellow Hawke is its pilot, essentially blackmailing a secret US agency into finding his brother (lost in Vietnam) while he flies dangerous assignments for "The Firm." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A New Kind of Weapon. A New Kind of Hero.


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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackwolf See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(58 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

During filming, a Huey helicopter crashed during a maneuver in Pico Canyon in California. Reid Rondell, Jan-Michael Vincent's stunt double, was killed. A special credit at the end of the episode dedicated it to him. See more »

Goofs

Airwolfs control stick has two buttons controlled by the thumb: On the left side to enable "turbos", on the top to fire a missile. Throughout season 3 Hawke and Dominic sometimes press the top "missile" button to engage turbos. See more »

Quotes

Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith Briggs III: I may not be accurate about your location, but I can sure make an educated guess as to your destination. Can I assist?
Stringfellow Hawke: Yeah, you can feed my dog!
Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith Briggs III: How'd you know I was - Sometimes, Hawke, you amaze even me. Good luck!
Dominic Santini: How come Archangel's "good luck" always sounds like "goodbye?"
Dominic Santini: Amazing! Behind that impeccable white suit beats a heart... of recyclable plastic!
Dominic Santini: Whatever happened to that flyin'-by-the-seat-of-your-pants stuff?
Stringfellow Hawke: Oh, that went out when designers started writin' their names on your ...
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A classic show, better than Knight Rider
18 October 1998 | by Hawke-3See all my reviews

Even though most people remember Knight Rider from the fad of the 80's to have vehicles as the stars of TV shows, Airwolf was a far superior product. Donald 'Quantum Leap' Belissario created this show about a high tech attack chopper, and oversaw its best years. Even though near the end Belissario left and the stories began to degrade, the earlier episodes are classic examples of good 80's TV, with good solid performances and breathtaking aerial sequences that put the Blue Thunder TV series to shame. A series that should be brought back.


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