AIRWOLF - 80s TV Series
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Airwolf was an American military action TV show which originally aired from 1984 until 1987, but was also broadcast in the UK. It
featured a high-tech military helicopter (a Bell 222) which was code-named
The title music was actually orchestral in series one and for the first part of the second series, before becoming synthesizer-based as in the video above - this has to be one of the best synth tunes of the 80s, and it was composed by Sylvester Levay.
The series one main characters were Stringfellow Hawke who was played by Jan-Michael Vincent, Dominic Santini the proprietor of Santini Air (played by Ernest Borginine) and Michael Coldsmith Briggs III (played by Alex Cord) who was the Deputy Director of CIA Division named "The Firm" and code-named Archangel. And we musn't forget Marcella (played by Deborah Pratt) who was Archangels right-hand woman.
In series Two and Three we saw the addition of Caitlin O'Shannessy who was played by Jean Bruce Scott, as the producers wanted another female character, and some of the original cast became semi-regular. The final Series Four saw a dramatic change with a whole array of new characters and most of the original cast were completely written out!
What Type of Helicopter was used in Airwolf?
List of Weapons
AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles
AIM-9 heat-seeking air to air sidewinder missiles
AGM-12 Bullpup air-to-ground missiles
AIM-095 air-to-air missiles
AGM-95 Agile air-to-air missles
AGM-45 Nuclear Shrive anti-radiation missiles
Paveway laser-guided bombs
AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-air surface missiles (from second season)
M712 Copperhead cannon-launched guided projectiles x 6 (from second season)
FIM-43 Redeye man-portable surface-to-air missiles x 12 (from second season)
Hughes Aim-4 Falcon guided air-to-air missiles x 4 (from second season)
Wing Guns: 30mm auto-cannon x 2 and .50 bmg chain guns x 4 firing around 40 rounds per second,