Airwolf

Shadow of the Hawke (2)

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 1/22/84
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  • Episode Description
  • A top-secret division of the CIA known as 'The Firm' has built a hi-tech, weapons-laden new helicopter called 'Airwolf', but after the chopper's test flight, the craft's twisted creator, Dr. Moffet, turns the lethal firepower onto the flight tower, before taking off in the chopper with his two co-pilots to Libya. Archangel, the head of the division who built Airwolf, is badly wounded in the assault but not out of the game, and calls upon ace combat pilot Stringfellow Hawke to take the task of bringing back Airwolf from Libya, where Moffet is using it to destroy for his own sadistic pleasure.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jan-Michael Vincent

    Stringfellow Hawke

  • Alex Cord

    Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith-Briggs III

  • Ernest Borgnine

    Dominic Santini

  • Donald P. Bellisario

  • Sylvester Levay

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Hawke, backed by Santini, has finally been persuaded to retrieve the stolen Airwolf from Moffet's clutches in Libya. But Moffet's sadistic ways spell doom for someone Hawke has become very close to. Again, a reasonable but mixed bag of a Pilot...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Jan 27, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Operative: I was able to get clothes in your size. It's all used; even the underwear, I'm afraid. String: Oh, I never wear underwear.

    Notes (2)

    • In America, the episode was put together with the Part 1 as a two-hour movie, but in syndication and other countries, it was shown as two different episodes.

    • Although this story does have the (sub)title 'Shadow Of The Hawke', it is quite often billed as simply 'Pilot'.

    Trivia (5)

    • Although it is often cited that Moffet's full name, Dr. Charles Henry Moffet(t), wasn't established until the second season episode 'Moffett's Ghost'; in the scene in the courtyard where Major Ben-Kamal stops Hawke, believing him to be Moffet, he clearly calls "Charles". (In the Star adaptation of this Pilot, Moffet's first name is given as George).

    • When Hawke and Santini are dressed in the Airwolf costumes and heading across the courtyard to get into Airwolf, Major Ben-Kamal stops Hawke by calling to him "Moffet". However, Hawke is clearly wearing Gordon (one of the other flight crew)'s uniform, as evidenced by the name tag.

    • In the scene after Santini and Hawke have flown down into the darkness of the canyon where they plan to hide Airwolf, as the Santini Air helicopter comes to land on the jetty outside Hawke's cabin, reflections of several lighting rigs can be seen.

    • When Airwolf lands in the desert to retrieve the nearly-dead Gabrielle, the pilot is seated in the port (left-hand) seat, and the close-up shows JMV getting out of Airwolf on the port side. But when they first took off, at the palace, String was in the starboard seat (his usual position.)

    • When Airwolf lifts off out of Kadafis Palace, you can spot two sound men with a sound boom.

    Allusions (1)

    • During this episode, Santini invites Hawke to go with him as they scout a filming location for a Bellisario film. Donald P. Bellisario is the creator of Airwolf.

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