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Spencer's Pilots

Spencer's Pilots

Spencer Parish is the father' figure of the series, played by the great Gene Evans. He owns a flight school and charter airline in Southern California. His office manager is Linda Dann, played by pretty newcomer Margaret Impert. The factotum and mechanic of the Company is Mickey Wiggins, played by Britt Leach .
However, the heroes of the series were the pilots: competent Cass Garrett (Christopher Stone) and the cheeky and always funny Stan Lewis (Todd Sussman). The jobs ranged from crop-dusting services to transportation of people to anywhere.

Episode Info

Final: 1x10 -- The Explosives (Nov/19/1976)

Willie Hunt, a destitute pilot suffering from blackouts, defies his doctor's orders and volunteers to help Spence (Gene Evans) transport a shipment of high explosives. Befriending this old pilot who is suffering a serious ailment puts Cass in a precarious position when the older man has a blackout while flying the deadly shipment.
Christopher Stone (1)Christopher Stone (1)
As Cass Garrett
Todd SusmanTodd Susman
As Stan Lewis
Gene EvansGene Evans
As Spencer Parish
Margaret ImpertMargaret Impert
As Linda Dann
Britt LeachBritt Leach
As Mickey Wiggins

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1x10: The Explosives recap: Befriending an old-time pilot, who is flying with a serious ailment against doctor's orders, puts Cass in a precarious situation when the older man, Willie Hunt, suffers a mid-air blackout while transporting a deadly explosive. Though Cass and Stan discover Hunt's deadly secret and see that he's grounded, the old man is so desperate to earn a bonus from Spencer Aviation to pay for needed surgery that he defies doctor's orders and flies the volatile cargo. Cass and Stan then face the almost insoluble problem of how to rescue Willie after he blacks out with the airplane on automatic pilot... read more.

1x1: The Drone recap: The story is called "Drone." A drone is an unmanned aircraft, in this case an experimental one invented by Cal Atkins, a paraplegic aircraft industrialist, who still yearns to fly but must be content to do it from the ground via remote control.
A couple of his employes are less than honest, and when he finds out they intend to sell his drone to the competition for $10-million, he lays his cards on the table — only to get smacked on the head.
Garrett and Lewis have to fly him in a twin-engine air ambulance to a hospital on the other side of a mountain range. The two villains, however. try to finish off the injured man by slicing a fuel line in one of the plane's engines.
You can expect to see one hairy landing in the mountains, an even hairier take-off again and — to top it all off — Spencer has to intercept the drone which the villains have homed in on the air ambulance.
The episode concerns efforts by two evil fliers to steal from Atkins, a crippled old inventor, the plans of a pilotless, radio-controlled plane he has designed for border patrolling, pipeline-watching and the like. They work tor him. At show's start, they are aloft in their plane, putting the R-C plane through its paces as the inventor, Spencer, his long-time friend and his friend's fliers watch. Iniquity is afoot when an aerial baddie murmurs, "Don't think the old man suspects anything, do you?"
But we soon learn the old man is hip to their caper. He confronts one of them and gets his head battered, his neck broken and is left for dead. Old friend Spencer finds him and calls a doctor.
Immediate surgery is prescribed. Spence summons his aerial ambulance, played by a twin-engine Beechcraft, and his two employes .
They're told to whisk the victim to a hospital miles away. Unbeknownst to them, a baddie has cut a fuel line on one engine and fixed the radios so they can't call the producer for help.
But the take off is safe and copilot Sussman tells the doc, "We'll be there In 55 minutes." The doc, tending the patient in flight, snaps back "Can you do It In 40?"
No way. They hit bad turbulence, then the tampered engine catches fire. They make one of the most Incredible emergency landings ever seen a twin-Beech make on a short, short bluff surrounded by hills on all sides.
The takeoff is even more hairy. The affair is over when Cass tells the grateful sawbones, "Forget it, Doc, comes with the territory.".. read more.
Recurring Guests

Gerald Hiken as Father Heller (2 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Adventure
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 17, 1976
Ended: November 19, 1976
• I piloti di Spencer (Used In Italy)
• Los Pilotos de Spencer (Used In Colombia)
• Pilotes (Used In France)
• Spencers Piloten (Used In Germany)
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