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1983 saw the success release of the film Blue Thunder. The networks were inspired by the success of that film to create three series using helicopters. ABC had Blue Thunder, NBC had Riptide and Airwolf was the CBS helicopter series.

Airwolf is the most advanced helicopter in the world, and the series starts with the helicopter’s creator stealing it to try to sell it to the Libyans. A US government agency known as “The Firm” hires Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) to recover the stolen helicopter. Hawke is successful, but refuses to turn over the helicopter until his brother is rescued from Vietnam. In the meantime, he will reluctantly fly missions for “The Firm." Helping him is the Firm's contact, Archangel (Alex Cord), and trusty mechanic Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine).

Airwolf first aired on CBS from January 1984 through July 1986 (first episode was a movie aired on Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30, then a lot of jumping around the scheduled occurred, first starting on Saturday at 9 pm (always an hour long series, and except for the pilot movie and final year, always on Saturday) and last aired on CBS on Wednesday’s at 9pm EST. Another season of new episodes, with a different cast, aired in 1987 on the cable channel USA. At that point Stringfellow and Dominic were eliminated from the series, and Stringfellow's brother Saint John Hawke took over as Airwolf's pilot, with Dominic's daughter Jo Santini as his mechanic. The cable version of the series was a much lower budget affair and was mostly filmed in Canada.
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Episode Info

Final: 4x24 -- Welcome to Paradise (Aug/07/1987)

Jan-Michael Vincent
As Stringfellow Hawke (S01-S03)
Alex Cord
As Michael Coldsmith-Briggs III - codename 'Archangel' (S01-S03)
Jean Bruce Scott
As Caitlin O'Shannessy
Ernest Borgnine
As Dominic Santini (S01-S03)
Anthony Sherwood
As Jason Locke (S04)
Barry Van Dyke
As Saint John Hawke (S04)
Deborah Pratt
As Marella (S1)
Geraint Wyn Davies
As Major Mike Rivers (S04)
Michele Scarabelli
As Jo Santini (S04)

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Creator: Donald P. Bellisario
Executive Producer: Donald P. Bellisario
Producer: Rick Kelbaugh
Associate Producer: Leon Ortiz-Gil, Mike Snyder (2)
Editor: Bill Luciano
Casting: Joe Reich, Donna Dockstader
Unit Production Manager: Tom Blank, Bud Grace
Music: Tom Scott (2)

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Recurring Guests

Ismael "East" Carlo as Sanchez (Ismael Carlo) (4 eps)
William B. Davis as F.I.R.M. Official (3 eps)
Anthony Tyler Quinn as Everett (3 eps)
John Calvin as Blaze (3 eps)
Kandace Kuehl as Amanda (3 eps)
Louie Elias as Henchman #2 (3 eps)
Sandy Kronemeyer as Lydia (3 eps)
James Whitmore, Jr. as Sam Houston (2 eps)
Alex Kubik as Joskins (2 eps)
Gary Chalk as Burke (2 eps)

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Warning: Airwolf guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Adventure
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: USA Network ( USA)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: January 22, 1984
Ended: August 07, 1987
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