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Plot synopsis

Hawke goes undercover as an exchange pilot after the F.I.R.M learns someone in the Air Force is plotting to steal a tactical jet for the Soviets. But Hawke is soon torn between duty and friendship when he learns the traitor is Major Sam Roper a former Vietnam war comrade who is hoping to rescue his son held captive by the Russians, and Roper's wife Nhi Houng is an old girlfriend.[1]

Episode summary

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Story Locations

  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Omrylkot, U.S.S.R.

Aircraft seen

  • Airwolf
  • Boeing Skyfox
  • Lockheed T-33 - Sam Roper steps off the cockpit of one. It is also in the background of the photo of Roper and fellow pilots which is shown to Ho Minh Truong
  • North American F-100 Super Sabre - stock footage used to represent Russian MIG-23s
  • Background views of numerous aircaft[2]
    • McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom
    • Lockheed C-130 Hercules
    • Boeing 707
    • Northrop T-38A Talon

Firearms seen

  • AK-47 - Colonel Quoc's guards and Russian troops guarding Omrylkot
  • MAC-10 - Carl Zimmer
  • CAR-15 - Dominic uses it during the rescue of Ho Minh

Research Notes

  • The aircraft used in the show is, surprisingly, a heavily upgraded Lockheed T-33 jet trainer which was marketed by the Skyfox Corporation (later bought over by Boeing). It looks ultra modern but actually retains more than 70% of the venerable T-33 airframe. Only one such prototype was produced and the project was cancelled as there were no buyers.[3]
  • Marella appeared in the pilot but this is her first appearance as one of Archangel's white suited aides.
  • Marella reveals that she hasn't met Dominic.

Professional Recognition

  • Youth in Film Awards - 1985
    • Best Performance by a Young Actor (Nomination) - Chad Allen[4]

Guest stars/Recurring cast

  • James Whitmore, Jr. as Major Sam Roper
  • Deborah Pratt as Marella
  • Charles Knox Robinson as Carl Zimmer
  • Irene Yah-Ling Sun as Nhi Huong Roper
  • Aki Aleong as Colonel Quoc
  • John Sanderford as Lieutenant John Winner
  • Paul Tuerpe as Lieutenant Simms
  • Chad Allen as Ho Minh Truong
  • Stan Roth as M.P.
  • Larry Margo as Radar Station Lieutenant
  • Duncan Wilmore as Radar Station Controller
  • Radu Gavor as Russian Officer
  • Gene Bicknell as Jeep Driver



  2. See compilation at the Internet Plane Database at this link
  3. Wikipedia article on the Boeing Skyfox
  5. Airwolf Trading Cards Site

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