Stringfellow Hawke, a test pilot for the advanced helicopter “Airwolf”, is tasked with recovering the craft from its creator who stole it from “the Firm”, a division of the CIA. Once it’s recovered, he refuses to return it to the Firm unless they find his brother who went MIA in Vietnam. Archangel, head of the Firm, makes a deal with Hawke. He’ll protect him from other government agencies trying to recover the helicopter if he’ll fly missions for the government with it.

Broadcast History

Network: CBS, USA Network
Broadcast: 1984-1987
First Broadcast: January 22, 1984
Last Broadcast: March 29, 1986

Jan 1984, Sun 9:30-11:30pm
Jan 1984-Apr 1984, Sat 9;00-10:00pm
Aug 1984-Jan 1985, Sat 8:00-9:00pm
Jan 1985-Jul 1985, Sat 9:00-10:00pm
Jul 1985-Mar 1986, Sat 8:00-9:00pm


Jan-Michael Vincent...Stringfellow Hawke
Alex Cord...Michael Coldsmith Briggs III / Archangel
Ernest Borgnine...Dominic Santini
Jean Bruce Scott...Caitlin O’Shannessy

Regulars & Guest Stars

Lance LeGault...Narrator / Noble Flowers / Sheriff J.J. Bogan / D.G. Bogard
Deborah Pratt...Marella

Theme Song / Opening Credits


There were 4 seasons and 80 episodes of Airwolf. Check out our Airwolf episode guide.


A German company purchased the helicopter after the show ended and used it as an air ambulance. On June 9, 1992, it crashed in a thunderstorm, killing all 3 crew members aboard.


Dominic Santini: Why can’t we hover like regular helicopter people?


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