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 Airwolf - Season 1

 Airwolf - Season 2

 Airwolf - Season 3


Show Type: Adventure / Foreign Intrigue

First Telecast: January 22, 1984

Last Telecast: July 23, 1986

Broadcast History:

January 1984, Sunday 9:30-11:30 on CBS

January 1984-April 1984, Saturday 9:00-10:00 on CBS

August 1984-January 1985, Saturday 8:00-9:00 on CBS

January 1985-July 1985, Saturday 9:00-10:00 on CBS

July 1985-March 1986, Saturday 8:00-9:00 on CBS

May 1986-June 1986, Saturday 9:00-10:00 on CBS

June 1986-July 1986, Wednesday 9:00-10:00 on CBS

(First run on USA Cable Network in 1987)


Stringfellow Hawke..... Jan-Michael Vincent

Dominic Santini..... Ernest Borgnine

Michael Archangel..... Alex Cord

Marella..... Deborah Pratt

Caitlin O'Shannessy..... Jean Bruce Scott


Airwolf 1984 was the year of the helicopter. The success of the theatrical film Blue Thunder in the summer of 1983 resulted, the following spring, in series on all three networks featuring copters - CBS' Airwolf, ABC's Blue Thunder, and NBC's less serious Riptide.

Most advanced of all the aircraft was Airwolf, a high-tech attack helicopter of the future. It could outrace conventional jets, travel halfway around the world, and blast away with enormous fire-power. When its creator stole it and attempted to sell it to Libya, a super-secret U.S. Government agency known only as "The Firm" recruited reclusive pilot Stringfellow Hawke to get it back. He did, but then refused to turn it over until the government tracked down his brother, who was missing in action in Vietnam.

While the government was obligingly hunting up his brother, Hawke agreed to use Airwolf - which he had hidden in the Southwestern desert - on dangerous missions for The Firm. Hawke was not easy to deal with, however. A sullen and uncommunicative type, he could usually be found holed up in his mountain cabin, surrounded by his collection of impressionistic paintings, playing his cello. Women found this handsome loner fascinating, but he disdained them. His contact at The Firm was the suave, mysterious Archangel - identifiable by his white suit, eye patch and cane. Helping Hawke on his missions was his sensible, middle-aged war buddy, Dominic, and sometimes one of The Firm's agents, the beautiful Marella. Added to the cast at the start of the show's second season was spunky Caitlin O'Shannessy, a lady helicopter pilot who became part of the team.

When new episodes of Airwolf premiered on the USA Cable Network in January 1987, the cast was completely changed. In the story line, Dominic was killed and Stringfellow badly injured when one of their regular helicopters, sabotaged by foreign agents, exploded. Dom's niece Jo; Archangel's replacement Jason Locke; and a talented but hard-to-control young agent, Mike Rivers took Airwolf on a mission to rescue Stringfellow's brother, St. John Hawke. After getting back to the States, St. John took over for his injured brother as head of the Airwolf team. They still hid the super-copter from "The Company" (it used to be "The Firm"), but were willing to use it on assignments they felt were worthwhile.

In order to keep the budget down on the cable version of Airwolf , production was moved from Hollywood to other locations in Canada.