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Quotes (107)

  • String: Dom, I need your help.
    Dominic: Doing what?
    String: Well, for starters, you need to get to Libya.
    Dominic: Well, sure, I'll just, uh... (pauses) Libya?!

  • 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.

  • Archangel: If you'll excuse me, I think I'll just go stare at the lake.

  • (Upon landing in the small Mexican village) Archangel: Doesn't look deserted. But where are all the people? Hawke: Probably took off. Well wouldn't you if something like us dropped into your back yard? Archangel: Probably think we're a U.F.O. or something. Hawke: Or something.

  • Laura (upon seeing Airwolf): My God. Archangel (laughs): That seems to be everyone's reaction. Archangel (as he leaves to board Airwolf): Mind the store.

  • Laura (about to request to co-pilot Airwolf): Mr. Hawke... Hawke (interrupting): No. Archangel: She's a top pilot. Hawke: So was Gabrielle. Laura: I'm NOT Gabrielle. (Hawke leaves, closing the door sharply behind him) Archangel: The man says no, the answer is no.

  • (Dominic and Hawke have just driven into Airwolf's lair) Dominic: No matter how many times I see her, she still takes my breath away. Hawke: Yeah.

  • Marella: The odds are 50/50 that Hawke is flying Airwolf into a trap.

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Notes (109)

  • By a stroke of coincidence, Jan Michael Vincent once played a role in a low budget Canadian made thriller movie called "Shadow of the Hawk" in 1976. In it he played the grandson of a Native Indian medicine man "Old Man Hawk". His character's name was Mike, a.k.a. "Little Hawk".

  • The show's main theme is a slower tempo, altered version of the "Hawkman Battle Theme" from the Flash Gordon (1980) film soundtrack, music by Queen.

  • The show's sound editing team won an Emmy for Outstanding Film Sound Editing for a Series in 1984.

  • The movie version of the pilot runs about 85 minutes.

  • Recurring actress Deborah Pratt married the series' creator Donald P. Bellisario in 2003.

  • This episode was aired on a Sunday, while the rest of the season was aired on Saturday.

  • Although aired as a two-hour movie, this episode was later aired as a two-part episode.

  • The exterior of Stringfellow Hawke's mountain home is actually a cabin on Lake Tahoe which belongs to series creator/producer Donald Bellisario. Although the interior (and part of the exterior) was recreated on a soundstage, the exteriors were all filmed at Bellisario's own weekend getaway. The helicopter landing pad is actually just a boat dock redressed for the series.

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Trivia (177)

  • TRIVIA: Dr. Moffet's full name is not confirmed as Dr. Charles Henry Moffett until the second season episode 'Moffett's Ghost' (where, note, "Moffet" mysteriously gains an extra "t"). The Star novelisation of this Pilot story gave Moffet's full name as Dr. George Moffet.

  • GOOF: After Moffet steals Airwolf, the story jumps to Stringfellow Hawke's cabin and says "3 Months Later". As Gabrielle Ademaur explains to Hawke what happened to Airwolf she says that it was stolen 5 weeks ago.

  • GOOF: The computer shows a Mig 23 instead of a Mirage Fighter.

  • GOOF: Three of the production crew-members are visible in the end of the episode when Hawke first takes off in Airwolf from the Libyan summer palace. They weren't a part of the cast, they were there by a mistake.

  • GOOF: When Archangel is talking to Senator William Dietz at the Red Star Control, you can see apart of the microphone by the boom.

  • GOOF: While Moffet tortures Gabrielle next to the jeep, she has her shoes on. However, later, when Hawke finds her, she appears to be barefoot.

  • TRIVIA: A general note for bloopers and nitpicks in this guide: In countless episodes throughout the series, there are countless stock footage shots of Airwolf in flight, and numerous minor continuity errors regarding Airwolf (such as shots of the chain-guns and cannon already being released before Hawke has called for them to be released) and so on (often relating to the stock footage). Whilst this guide attempts to be a detailed list of bloopers & nitpicks, it generally concentrates more on the glaringly obvious bloopers and less common errors.

  • 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).

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Allusions (13)

  • 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.

  • Episode Title: "Daddy's Gone a Hunt'n" This is reference to two movies titled "Daddy's Gone A-Hunting" from 1925 & 1969.

  • Episode Title: "Proof Through the Night" The title is a reference Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner," The United States of America's national anthem.

  • Episode Title: "Echos from the Past" The title of the episode is a reference to a 1925 black-and-white movie titled "Echos From The Alps."

  • Episode Title: "Mad Over Miami" This is a spoof of a 1941 musical/romance movie titled "Moon Over Miami" starring Don Ameche and Betty Grable.

  • Hawke: It's Orville and Wilbur time! This is allusion, referring to the Wright Brothers. Hawke was implying that in such a fancy chopper as Airwolf, they're having to revert to old-fashioned, unguided flight, due to having non-functioning equipment.

  • Episode Title: "Firestorm" Firestorm is a conflagration which attains such intensity that it creates and sustains its own wind system. It is most commonly a natural phenomenon, created during forest fires, and some of the largest forest fires, such as the Great Peshtigo Fire, have been firestorms. A firestorm can also be a deliberate effect of targeted explosives such as occurred as a result of the aerial bombings of Dresden and Tokyo during World War II.

  • Episode Title: "Sins of the Past" This is a reference to a TV drama movie starring Kim Cattral which aired in April 1984 (this episode occurring after).

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