Whirlybirds

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(ended 1960)

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Whirlybirds

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The Whirlybirds flew into our television sets from 1957 to 1960. Featuring Bell 47 helicopters, Chuck Martin (Kenneth Tobey) and Pete "P.T." Moore (Craig Hill) are the owners of Whirlybirds, Incorporated, a chopper for hire company based in California. Each week, Chuck and P.T. would find themselves called to help the local authorities in search and rescue, or fly a rich bigwig around. And of course, let's not forget the coolest of helicopters, the Bell 47, tail number N975B. The Whirlybirds was another hit series produced by Desilu Studios and ran three seasons in syndication . The show was filmed at the San Fernando airport and Whitman Field in and around Van Nuys, California and was conceived after a show idea from an I Love Lucy episode. Helen Carter (Nancy Hale) was the firm's secretary, replacing Janet Culver (Sandra Spence) midway through the 1st season. The show was the first television series to feature helicopters as it's main focus and inspired hundreds of young people to become chopper pilots. The Whirlybirds was also the place of introduction for Bell's improved model helicopter, the Bell 47J Ranger.moreless
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  • helicopters rule

    8.0
    Amazing how many of my fellow 60+ yrs don't remember this. But can remember Sky King. This show was nothing short of the best in its time and I still wonder if it will ever make the "memorable TV" schedule

  • THE Original Helicopter Show

    8.8
    Before Airwolf, before Blue Thunder, and before Chopper One, there was a three seasoned show that began in 1957 and ended in 1960 where helicopters were the stars.

    Enter Whirlybirds, this show involved two pilots who flew around in Bell 47-G helicopters, they were either involved in search and rescue or were flying some bigwig around.



    I am probably guessing that the writers of Whirlybirds had no idea that their show would end up in different formats in later years.moreless
  • Theme song
    I find the theme song to be quite similar to the 1940s Fleischer Brothers Studio animated Superman serial's theme song. Are either...
    10/14/09
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