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Airwolf computer readout on Huges 500-random target

Typical Airwolf computer readout for a Hughes 500. The computer assigns the code "Raven". This shot comes from Random Target (episode).

Unmarked aircraft

Various unmarked Hughes 500 aircraft are used throughout the series.

Hughes 500-bite of the jackal


N58428

A Hughes 500 Model 369D in yellow and blue color scheme.[1]

Hughes-one way express


N58428-mad over miami


Hughes 369D-sweet britches
  • Sweet Britches (episode) - used as Caitlin's Highway Patrol chopper. A Texas Department of Public Safety logo has been applied to the rear fuselage. The text "Highway Patrol" has been applied to the tail boom. The number "05" can be seen on the underside. Caitlin's callsign is Helo Papa Five.


N58428-random target
  • Random Target (episode) - going by the color scheme this is probably N58428. Here it is one of a pair of Hughes gunships providing high cover for crime boss Kenneth Langhorn. It is armed with a rocket pod on one side and a gun on the other. If you watch the dogfight sequences you will see that sometimes the positions of the rocket pod and gun are flipped. Either the film is inverted or they fitted the pods differently on different days of filming. At the beginning of the episode, the two choppers attack the jeep belonging to rock collector Annie. At the end of the episode, they provide cover as Langhorn makes his way to his airstrip but Airwolf intervenes. This chopper is the second to be shot down in the ensuing dogfight.


Hughes 369D-natural born


Hughes 369D-eruption
  • Eruption (episode) - used by Davenport Mining for prospecting. Armed with rocket pods on the skids. The text "Davenport Mining" has been applied to the rear fuselage. This chopper was flown by a pilot character played by John David Yarborough (who is possibly named Jonesy). Towards the end of the episode, this is one of two armed mining choppers which attack the limousine of Amelia Davenport and then tangle with Airwolf in a dogfight. It fired a rocket at Airwolf which missed and was then blown up by a missile from Airwolf.

N8673F

A Hughes 500 Model 369D, white with blue and red stripes. Construction serial number 87-0184D.[2]

Hughes 500-santinis millions
  • Santini's Millions (episode) - one of a flight of three gunships owned by Barron Technologies, armed with a rocket pod on one side and a gun on the other. At the end of the episode, the flight was directed by James Graydon and used to attack Carl Barron and Margo Brewster. This chopper was the second to be shot down by Airwolf.
Close up Hughes 500-santinis millions

Close up of N8673F showing registration. The sfx missile is about to hit it.


Dogfight-eruption
  • Eruption (episode) - used by Davenport Mining for prospecting. Armed with rocket pods on the skids. The text "Davenport Mining" has been applied to the rear fuselage. Towards the end of the episode, this is one of two armed mining choppers which attack the limousine of Amelia Davenport and then tangle with Airwolf in a dogfight. When it got on to the tail of Airwolf, Hawke led it towards the Jetranger belonging to Chief Crammins. Hawke pulled up at the last moment, causing the Hughes to collide with the Jetranger, thus eliminating both hostiles at once.


N9276F

A Hughes 500 Model 369D, serial 180254D. Mainly white with red under fuselage and rotor hub fairing.[3]

Hughes 500 attack Annie-random target

The Langhorn choppers attack Annie's jeep.

  • Random Target (episode) - this chopper was one of a pair providing high cover for crime boss Kenneth Langhorn, armed with a rocket pod on one side and a gun on the other. The two attack rock collector Annie's jeep at the beginning of the episode, this chopper firing the fatal rocket. At the end of the episode, the two Hughes cover Langhorn as he makes his way to the airstrip. Airwolf intervenes and this chopper is the first to be shot down.


Hughes 500-inn at the end of the road

The Hughes lifts off under the control of Loki for its attack mission.

  • Inn at the End of the Road (episode) - this was operated by a group of terrorists, armed with twin rocket pods. They fitted the stolen Loki computer on it and used it to attack Lord Killebrew. Airwolf intervenes but Loki proves a tough adversary. However, Loki's violent maneuvers causes the pilot on board the Hughes to pass out. His hand falls onto the computer, switching it off and causing the chopper to go out of control. Airwolf shoots it down with a missile.


Graydon's chopper-santinis millions
  • Santini's Millions (episode) - one of a flight of three gunships owned by Barron Technologies, armed with a rocket pod on one side and a gun on the other. This one is flown by James Graydon and his personal aide Cooper. At the end of the episode, it manages to get Carl Barron and Margo Brewster in its sights and would have succeeded in killing them but Airwolf intervened just in time.


References

  1. Registration details for N58428
  2. Registration details for N8673F
  3. Registration details for N9276F

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