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A high-tech military helicopter was used on various missions, such as stopping a traitor from giving a military fighter to the Russians in the 1980's television show, Airwolf. The show often involved Cold War themes, such as the Russians developing a serum that can kill people instantly, an Israeli war criminal who was killed by a Nazi, the rescue of political prisoners held in Cuba and stopping nuclear meltdown in the Soviet Union.

The first three seasons stared Ernest Borgnine as Dominic Santini, the owner of Santini Air, Jan-Michael Vincent as Stringfellow Hawke, a captain in the United States Army, and Deborah Pratt, during season one, who was the go-to person for Michael Coldsmith Briggs III, whose codename as Archangel and was the Director of The Firm, which was operated by the CIA. Jean Bruce Scott played Caitlin O'Shannessy, a former helicopter pilot in the Texas Highway Patrol starting in season two.

The show was on CBS for three seasons. After cancellation by the network, it was filmed for a fourth and final season by the USA network with a different cast.

The fourth season stared Barry Van Dyke, as Saint John Hawke, a reserve major in the United States army and the brother of Stringfellow Hawke, Geraint Wyn Davies as United States Air Force Major Mike Rivers, Michele Scarabelli, as Jo Santini, who inherited Santini Air after her uncle Dominic died, Anthony Sherwood, as Jason Locke a CIA agent and William B. Davis, as Newman, Locke's boss.

Stringfellow Hawke was a loner who lived in the mountains outside Los Angeles. The recluse had a coonhound,"Tet", and spent his time enjoying the priceless paintings he received in an inheritance from his grandfather, singing to eagles, enjoying the other wildlife, and playing his Stradivarius cello. Dominic Santini was his only friend. Dominic had flown with Stringfellow's father in World War II.

Hawke had been a test pilot for the supersonic Airwolf which was built by the FIRM, which was a division of the CIA. After the helicopter was stolen by Dr. Charles Henry Moffet, who had created it, Hawke was asked to go to Libya to retrieve it. He then became involved in numerous missions designed to protect the United States from its enemies, foreign and domestic.

Airwolf was actually a Bell 22 helicopter. In the show, it had sophisticated computer equipment on board, as well as a powerful military arsenal.

CBS
4 Seasons, 84 Episodes - Canceled
December 5, 1984
Action & Adventure
6.8/10
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Airwolf Full Episode Guide

  • St. John Hawke is lured into the underworld of contraband by a woman he once loved.

  • Jo's father helps the Airwolf team recover radioactive plutonium stolen by a group of Neo-Nazis.

  • The team tracks a shipment of opium from Southeast Asia to France in an effort to gain sufficient evidence...

  • A sinister and dangerous man called Malduke threatens to destroy a freighter containing atomic waste if the...

  • Locke becomes the object of a plot to steal Airwolf after a physician successfully conducts brain implant...

  • Jo goes in search of her old boyfriend who is reported dead in a plane crash in a Middle Eastern desert.

  • When a corrupt general in a small republic disappears with millions of dollars in U.S. aid funds, the team...

  • The Airwolf team travels to an international air show to effect the escape of a double agent who has been...

  • When a group of radical anti-war pacifists gain control of twenty nuclear missiles and threatens to unleash...

  • St. John almost loses his life while test-flying an experimental airplane called Viper, then disappears after...

  • Revenge motivates a kamikaze pilot who was taken prisoner of war during World War II by St. John's father.

  • A set-up backfires, causing Locke to try and stop a spy from escaping with vital secrets and Mike as hostage.

  • St. John Hawke and an old friend from Vietnam discover a highly contagious and dangerous virus created by a...

  • Jo and Mike are assigned to protect the daughter of an inspector who is the target of a terrorist squad.

  • As the nuclear crisis worsens, Soviet authorities reluctantly agree to allow the Airwolf crew to join efforts...

  • As the nuclear crisis worsens, Soviet authorities reluctantly agree to allow the Airwolf crew to join efforts...

  • St. John Hawke tries to assure a fair trial for the commander of a special air combat force charged with...

  • When the United States and Russia place observers on a train carrying lethal gas to be destroyed, the Airwolf...

  • When Jo and Mike take a group of troubled youngsters on a camping trip, hoods sent by an organized crime czar...

  • The Airwolf team spends hours undercover as they monitor the movements of a known foreign agent they believe...

  • A clandestine plot to sell a missing attack helicopter is discovered by the Airwolf team while they attempt to...

  • A mysterious force brings down Jo's helicopter and St. John's plane during a training mission.

  • Jo is held prisoner in a Bulgarian prison camp when her airliner is forced down behind the Iron Curtain.

  • St John Hawke is manipulated by his captors into giving his brother Stringfellow clues to his location. "The Company", a new front for "The Firm", goes through drastic changes, and String is severely injured in an explosion that costs Dominic his life. Only a new team can now hope to uncover the true mysteries of "Operation Blackjack" and use Airwolf to successfully free St. John once and for all.

  • Hawke's nephew appeals for help in finding his stepmother, who was captured weeks before by a slave dealer and drug smuggler. In an effort to find her, Hawke poses as a pilot looking for a job with the criminal mastermind behind the disappearance.

  • Hawke takes a group of disabled Vietnam vets on a hiking trip, arousing the ire of "The Cat Man," a mountain man with a murderous dislike of outsiders. As this sociopath stalks the hikers, Caitlin and Santini undertake a rescue operation.

  • Hawke helps a girl discover her true identity and her link to a Senator involved in illegal practices.

  • Hawke, Dominic, and Caitlin take on the illegal mission of breaking a friend's son out of jail.

  • A would-be model turns heroine.

  • Caitlin's sorority reunion turns into a nightmare when the occasion is used for an attempted kidnapping.

  • String and Dom become involved in a custody dispute when a friend of Strings who was about to be divorced dies leaving his wife and mother to battle for his infant son.

  • A scheme to control the worlds cash is disclosed by Hawke, Santini and the super chopper.

  • Hawke sets out to settle an old debt when John Bradford Horn is after a woman who knows the location of...

  • A family feud and illegal drugs make ominous bedfellows.

  • String decides to adopt St. John's Amerasian son when theson's discovery points to St. John being dead.

  • Hawke is on his way to deliver a Congressional Medal of Honor to the brother of one of his friends.

  • Stringfellow Hawke sets out to free several kidnapping victims, with Dominic and Caitlin among them.

  • Hawke and Dominic are on a mission in Nicaragua to rescue a captive American scientist.

  • Hawke, Dominic, and Caitlin go undercover as stunt people in an old Western town to recover a stolen laser...

  • At a National Air Race show, Hawke and Dominic befriend an attractive pilot racer, unaware that she's being pursued by her boss and his henchmen after stealing some tapes that can prove that a new combat jet is too unstable to be flown - something that her boss is determined to cover up at any cost...

  • Hawke and Dominic are on a special mission for the Firm and must retrieve stolen thermonuclear detonators.

  • Stringfellow Hawke falls into the hands of Soviet searchers.

  • Hawke and Santini seek the help of a psychic in their frantic search for Archangel.

  • Stringfellow Hawke conducts a desperate search for a brilliant aircraft designer and his young son.

  • Hawke and the original super-chopper are in great danger when a second version of Airwolf flies the skies.

  • Stringfellow and Dominic find themselves as the targets of a villainous tycoon who is determined to gain...

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