Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Codename : AIRWOLF

[A wolf in sheep's clothing]
Written by Kal-El

Everyone knows what Airwolf is, the show ran from 1984 to 1987. The show was about a supersonic helicopter with the codename: AIRWOLF. The show was devised by Donald Bellisario, who also had created Magnum P.I. and then would go on to produce other noticeable shows like Quantum Leap, JAG and NCIS.

[Bad boys of the 80’s…and girl]

Airwolf show ran for as long as four season, in the first three season, casted Jan-Michael Vincent (A loner who stays in his cabin with expensive art paintings), Ernest Borgnine (the ever so cheerfull Dominic, owns Santini Air), Alex Cord (who works for the FIRM and supply's Airwolf with millitary artilleries and wears whit all the time) and Jean Bruce Scott (the third co-pilot for Airwolf and loves water melon juice). And on the fourth season, for the USA network, was recast. The show had a musical score (orchestral based in the first and early second season episodes; synthesizer-based thereafter) penned and performed by Sylvester Levay. Check out the Airwolf Intro on the Youtube below.

Basically Airwolf is an aerodynamic lifting body with a twin turbine driven rudder system capable of propelling into 300 knots, in other words it’s a fast twin engine jet chopper. This Jet chopper can disengage its rotors system and ignite the two additional jet turbines. 9.6 seconds after ignition, Airwolf can exceed Mach 1 from sea level to 65,000 ft. Although Airwolf is more of an aggressive force to recon with, it could either be used as a great defender to preserve peace or in the wrong hands, it might just be called as the Devils own machine of destruction.

[Bell 222 modified to Airwolf’s concept design]

The flying Airwolf helicopter was actually a Bell 222. The concept behind Airwolf was a supersonic and armed helicopter that could blend in by appearing to be civilian and non-military in origin a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'. Airwolf's insignia patch as worn by the flight-crew was a snarling wolf's head with gossamer wings that appears to be wearing a sheepskin complete with the head of lamb over the wolf's forehead; a play off "a wolf in sheep's clothing".

I thought the show was very well written in the first three seasons, we will not talk of the fourth season (simply because they recast for the fourth season, which was not cool). The scenes were spectacular and the plots where well knitted in most of the episodes. I liked the attention to detail and the ability for it to be quite believable, despite the fictional capability of Airwolf. I mean, this jet chopper could be the most amazing inventions of mankind if it existed; the characters complimented each other and made the show very dynamic. Even the music created by S. Levay was really good. I bet you most of us could still hum it.

[Dun-da-da-da-dun-da-da-da-da-dun-da-da-da-da-dun, daa daa dun. (Well something like that)]

Now, this blog isn’t just about the retro tv shows and cool collected cartoons, we also try to diverse a little bit just to make the blog a little bit more interesting, Now, here comes the fun part, the collectibles. Unfortunately there never were any Airwolf action figures made or other collectibles that I could remember or find on the net. But I’ve always remembered that they had die-cast models made out of it. But it was a shock even to my self, The Airwolf legacy still lives on till today. BIG BAD TOYS are selling an exact replica scale model of Airwolf and they are only selling it for U$84.99 (est BND$127.80), how awesome is that?! And get this - a fully functional perfect replica Airwolf helmet. I went “Waaaa!” when I saw this. Check it out below.

[Aoshima’s version of Airwolf currently sold at Bigbadtoys.com]

[For more info visit airwolfthemes.com]

Wouldn’t it be cool to have a new movie produced to give Airwolf a final resting place in T.V. history. But that is unlikely. However, there are all kinds of fan clubs and sites that celebrate this one of a kind 80's show, you will see that Airwolf is very much alive out on the internet. Well not just the internet, some of those helicopter RC guys still keeping it very much alive in the air. Check out this awesome short clip of an Airwolf RC, after seeing it, 'I never had that, but I want that!'.
Thanks for reading, keep the dream alive y’all. Dun-da-da-da-dun-da-da-da-da-dun-da-da-da-da-dun, daa daa dun.