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  • Season 1 Episode 7: Echos From the Past

  • Continuity error: when Nurse Susan is in the elevator with St. John('s impostor), as she exits the elevator, we see a shot of her in which she says "Bye" to him as the elevator doors start to close; but in the following shot of St. John replying "Bye, have a nice day", the doors don't appear to be moving.

  • The shot as one of the heat-seeker missiles lands in the ocean is quite obviously stock footage – and the missle seems to hit by a boat or some sort of rig, something which quite clearly wasn't there in other shots.

  • Season 1 Episode 6: One Way Express

  • When Hawke is piloting the helicopter onto the back of the truck, at one point it seems directly over-head and about to touch down, but suddenly in the next shot (possibly over an ad break) is further back again.

  • As the robbers exit the chopper when it has landed on the back of the truck, its obviously a sound set – nothing (their hair, etc.) seems to be blowing as much as it should from the current of the helicopter blades.

  • At the climax, when Hawke and Dominic are in Airwolf forcing the robbers to land their helicopter, the escaping chopper several times banks sharply to the side. During the robbery we didn't see if the gold was strapped down or not, but even so, surely it would spill over or tip out with such severe manoeuvres.

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Proof Through the Night

  • This is the first episode where we see the Firm headquarters, complete with the familiar exterior shot(s). In fact, this episode has some of the most extensive and detailed shots of the exterior seen in the series.

  • On the opening teaser, when Airwolf is flying low to avoid the Russian jets, it hits some brush before Dominic asks "Can't we go up just a little?". In the actual episode, Airwolf doesn't hit any brush.

  • In the shot where we see Dominic, from behind, break the window with the rifle butt, it is quite clearly a stunt double – the wig doesn't even look semi-convincing!

  • In the sequence supposedly looking from the front of Airwolf as it flies low over the trees and brush to avoid the Russian jets, at the very end of the shot in the bottom left corner either part of a camera mount, or the front of the landing skid on the filming helicopter, can be seen.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Bite of the Jackal

  • This is the only first season episode where Marella does not accompany Archangel (for this episode, another Firm agent, Laura, takes her place instead). Deborah Pratt quite probably doesn't appear in this episode because she was away filming the 'Magnum p.i.' fourth season episode 'Rembrandt's Girl' (which was originally broadcast two days before this episode, and was produced at around the same time).

  • Uncommonly, Dominic does not wear his regular blue Santini Air jacket and red cap in this episode; instead he wears a brown bomber jacket and plain grey cap. This may be due to him flying a vintage chopper, and him feeling that the costume suited it more. (He is also seen out of regular costume in the previous broadcast episode, "Daddy's Gone a Hunt'n", but he was undercover as a janitor for most of that story.

  • The closing credits feature a brief sequence from during the Sikorsky's escape at the climax of the story, where Pheobe is seen to fire a flare gun at an on-coming enemy chopper. This sequence was not used in the actual episode.

  • When Airwolf is hit by the "leech" rocket during the climax, we see it pierce through into the back compartment, yet in following exterior shots, the rocket is quite clearly not present.

  • Nitpick: It seems rather convenient that Dominic is flying the vintage Sikorsky helicopter, and not his usual Jet Ranger, in this story (the Jet Ranger most probably wouldn't have take the impact of the bomb and the subsequent crash-landing).

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Daddy's Gone a Hunt'n

  • Hawke's rank in Vietnam was Captain.

  • During both the scene of retrieving Airwolf from the lair, and during the climatic rescue, several stock footage shots of Hawke piloting Airwolf are recycled from the Pilot - notice that his uniform is suddenly different, and he has the 'Gordon' name tag in these shots.

  • In the opening trailer, the sequence where Nhi Huong says to Hawke "What would you do if it were your son?" is from a different take than the one used in the actual episode; in the trailer, she puts much more emphasis on "YOUR".

  • As Airwolf enters Russia, a shot of Dominic, as he sits back with his eyes wide open in amazement, is quite clearly shown reversed back-to-front (the slot for name tag on his uniform is on the wrong side, as are the controls behind him).

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Shadow of the Hawke (2)

  • 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.

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epic adventure, vicious firefight, visually striking, war hero, genius inventor