Season 2 Episode 8

HX 1

Aired Unknown Nov 10, 1984 on CBS
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HX 1

Hawke's obsession with finding his brother is heightened when the theft of a new chopper, the HX-1, it stolen, using techniques that he and his brother used in Vietnam. He goes back into his past to try and find the group of thieves, but runs into an unexpected surprise from his past. And the chopper itself may prove a challenge against Airwolf.


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  • Perfect!

    One of the best. I love how they reference Colonel Vidor from \"And They Are Us\" as one of the four who could have pulled the HX1 theft. They also bring back the same guy who played the fake St. John from Season 1, and the saleman British guy is the same guy who drugged Hawke from another episode in Season 1.

    Hawke going around asking about his brother\'s death causes different emotional reactions and points of view from different people he encounters. Mace\'s parents think Hawke is trying to resurrect their son, Mace, when Hawke\'s intention is to find out about St. John. This type of convoluted reaction is not so easily scripted and played out in other 80\'s shows.

    What I can\'t figure out, however, just like Colonel Vidor in \"And They Are Us\" is why people are so hush-hush about what they may know about St. John to Hawke. It\'s as if they intentionally want to string him along. If they would have just told him what they knew, Hawke would have left quieter. But then, the story would have to change, I guess.

    Overall, Airwolf\'s acting and story plot were way ahead of its time.moreless
Jan-Michael Vincent

Jan-Michael Vincent

Stringfellow Hawke

Alex Cord

Alex Cord

Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith-Briggs III

Jean Bruce Scott

Jean Bruce Scott

Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine

Dominic Santini

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the beginning of the episode when they steal HX1, when Mace sits in the chopper, you can clearly see they used the interior of Airwolf. Many of the buttons Mace are pushing is used in several episodes from Airwolf. Not to mention the seat Mace is sitting in is the same seat Hawke always sits when he flies Airwolf, they just added a blanket over it so we wouldn't recognize it... This was either done because they didn't have the time to shoot interior scenes in HX1 because of a time schedule.

    • During the final moments of the climatic battle between String and Mace, Dom deployed the cannons to fire, yet every subsequent exterior shot as they chased the HX1, Airwolf's underbelly showed the cannons retracted.

    • In the beginning of the episode, when Hawke has flashbacks of the day he last saw St. John, and when St. John shouts, you can see a microphone in the top left corner of the screen.

    • When the helicopter lands in the beginning of the episode and they cut the power you can see shots of the propellers slowing down. However, when the chopper lands you can see them moving at full speed again.

    • One of Airwolf´s actual pilots on the show, Peter McKernan, Jr., can be seen as Hawke´s co-pilot in the flashback scene saying "Go! Go Hawke! The ropes are full. We can´t take any more."

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Dominic has just finished nagging at String, as he thinks Sinjin is still alive)
      String: Dom, you've always wanted to be a father to me. And for that, I'm grateful. For a FATHER, not a mother.

    • Dom: Some guy rips off a cockamamie copter, and you're going bananas!
      String: They came in at zero power using autorotation. It's technique that we developed in 'Nam for hidden Cong depots. There's was only four guys who could pull it off without stuffing the chopper into the ground: myself, Col. Vidor, Mace Taggert and Sinjin.
      Dominic: And Col. Vidor is dead.
      String: So is Mace Taggert. I'm here, so who's that leave?
      Dominic: Sinjin.
      String: My brother's still alive.

    • (As the dogfight begins between Airwolf and HX-1)
      String: (referring to Sinjin) Where is he, Mace?
      (Mace begins firing at Airwolf)
      Mace, listen to me, if you're in trouble, I'll help you out of it, I swear I will.
      [Mace fires a missile at Airwolf and narrowly misses]
      Dom: There's your answer, String.

    • Archangel: We will find the HX-1, and when we do we're gonna blow it to hell, along with whoever's inside it!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Two actors from the first season episode Echo(e)s From The Past appear in this episode. One is Chris Connelly as St. John and the other is Michael Halsey as Dunkirk. Chris Connelly plays the same character in both the episodes although in different time periods and different settings.

    • Alex Cord and Jean Bruce Scott both appear briefly in the episode.

    • The early script title of this episode was 'CX7'.