The Best Episodes of Airwolf

'Airwolf' followed the adventures of a hi-tech helicopter and it's reclusive pilot, Stringfellow Hawke. Airwolf itself was a hi-tech attack helicopter, equipped with cutting-edge on-board computer, surveillance and radar systems.

Wildfire

#1 - Wildfire

Season 3 - Episode 13

Dominic introduces Hawke and Caitlin to an old friend, Big Cec – the owner of an oil drilling company in the desert, and his son Little Cec, who works at the company. But they find themselves walking into the middle of a feud that has emerged between the two since the death of Big Cec's wife. With Dom staying with the pair for a few days, he is shocked to learn that Little Cec was thrown out of college for selling marijuana, and is even more concerned when he discovers that he now is being forced by a head of the oil company to make drug runs in part of a drug smuggling operation. Dom sets about trying to put things right, but it is no easy task going against the ruthless drug runners...

star 8.00
20 votes
Sweet Britches

#2 - Sweet Britches

Season 2 - Episode 1

After an old Vietnam buddy of Hawke's is shot in the desert when trying to escape a corrupt Sheriff, Hawke gets a call from an inmate who had been in jail with the man to aleart him of the escape, and flies with Dominic in Airwolf to Pope County, Texas, to investigate. There, Hawke meets Highway Patrol Deputy Caitlin O'Shannessy, who had a run in with Sheriff Bogard prior to the killing; but Hawke's appearance on the scene sees him arrested by Bogard and released on a private game reserve, where gun-happy sportsmen pay big money to hunt big game – and Hawke is the latest bait...

star 7.97
64 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
To Snare a Wolf

#3 - To Snare a Wolf

Season 1 - Episode 12

Archangel warns String about a zealous government bureaucrat named D.G. Bogard who will stop at nothing until he finds Airwolf. Dom and Hawke take time out from shooting a military training film to hide Airwolf in a different location before it can be discovered, but Bogard catches on to their ruse and tracks Hawke back to the new hideaway. To complicate things, an eager pilot tails Dom and Hawke in an effort to convince Santini that she deserves a job working for his company.

star 7.95
58 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Birds of Paradise

#4 - Birds of Paradise

Season 3 - Episode 22

String comes to the aid of his nephew who asks String for help when his mother disappears for a week.

star 7.94
17 votes
Once a Hero (a.k.a. Heroes)

#5 - Once a Hero (a.k.a. Heroes)

Season 2 - Episode 10

String receives information that St. John is being held in a POW camp, but by the time a rescue operations put into effect St. John has been moved.

star 7.88
41 votes
Fallen Angel (a.k.a. Angel of Mercy)

#6 - Fallen Angel (a.k.a. Angel of Mercy)

Season 2 - Episode 7

String must add Caitlin to the Airwolf crew, in order to rescue Archangel from behind enemy lines.

star 7.85
39 votes
Directors: Sutton Roley
Mind of the Machine

#7 - Mind of the Machine

Season 1 - Episode 11

Dr. Robert Winchester is a brilliant researcher and a former test pilot who helped design Airwolf. Now, he's asking for Hawke's help in test flying a simulator that he's designed to enable the Firm to train future test pilots to fly Airwolf. Reluctantly, Hawke agrees, but determines that the simulator's "feel" is a little off. Archangel convinces Hawke to let Winchester hook up the real Airwolf to his computers in order to get a more realistic demonstration. This allows Winchester to engage in a little friendly flying competition with Hawke but it also allows the Russians to nearly get their hands on the high tech super copter.

star 7.84
52 votes
Directors: Nicholas Corea
Mad Over Miami

#8 - Mad Over Miami

Season 1 - Episode 9

Santini makes an unauthorized flight to Cuba in order to rescue two political prisoners who are being ransomed for $2 million. However, while there, the exchange site is attacked and the ransom money is stolen. While flying back to the mainland, Santini is forced to crash land back on Cuba and Hawke must brave a hurricane in Airwolf to rescue his friend. When String and Dom are reunited, the pair must negotiate with a band of freedom fighters who raised the capital to ransom their compadres and are not convinced of Santini's innocence in the theft of the funds. To make matters more interesting, Archangel is supplying weapons to a paramilitary band that just may have had a hand in stealing the ransom money.

star 7.78
45 votes
Flight #093 Is Missing

#9 - Flight #093 Is Missing

Season 2 - Episode 9

Caitlin is a passenger on board a plane which Airwolf is sent to search for after the plane is hijacked and forced down at sea.

star 7.74
43 votes
Day of Jeopardy

#10 - Day of Jeopardy

Season 3 - Episode 15

After Tess Dixon, the wife of infamous crime-lord Cullen Dixon, escapes his bodyguards while swimming in the sea at night, Archangel asks Hawke and Santini to deliver her safely via Airwolf to a top-secret location, where she will testify against a cartel of corrupt businessmen who are plotting to assassinate high-ranking officials in Washington. Tess is an old flame of Hawke's, something which makes him very reluctant to accept the mission, before he finally agrees, but they come under continual attack as Cullen Dixon's men aim to see that Tess never makes it to testify...

star 7.74
19 votes
Echos from the Past

#11 - Echos from the Past

Season 1 - Episode 7

Hawke meets a mercenary who claims to have information regarding his missing brother. When they part company, Hawke loses consciousness in his helicopter and crashes. When he comes to, he finds himself in a hospital. The medical staff inform him that he has been in a coma for the better part of a year. His friends, Archangel and Dom, were killed on a POW camp raid, but in the process, their heroism helped rescue Hawke's brother Saint John. Believing that his "mission" is over, Hawke reveals the location of Airwolf to his captors, then discovers that it has all been an elaborate ruse and he has inadvertantly turned over the super copter to a group of foreign conspirators.

star 7.73
49 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Discovery

#12 - Discovery

Season 3 - Episode 14

A man who once failed to steal Airwolf is given a second chance when a young lady he knows stumbles upon its hiding place.

star 7.70
20 votes
Directors: Alan Cooke
HX 1

#13 - HX 1

Season 2 - Episode 8

When new hi-tech attack chopper HX1 is stolen by an elite group of mercenaries, the tactics used fits those that Hawke's MIA brother St. John was trained in, and Hawke is certain that his brother may somehow be involved. Dominic begs him to leave well alone, but Hawke is adamant, and with Archangel insisting that if it cant be retrieved, the Firm will blow HX1 and anyone flying it out of the sky, Hawke goes back into his past and some of the people he knows from it, to desperately try and get a lead on the group and mercenaries and possibly St. John... But the HX1 is so powerful, it may even be able to blow Airwolf out of the sky...

star 7.70
49 votes
Directors: Gerald Mayer
Firestorm

#14 - Firestorm

Season 2 - Episode 2

Eddie, a friend of Dominic's, was once a pilot until a air crash in which his passengers were killed, causing him to loose his nerve and turn to drink as a result. Living alone in his trailer in the desert, Eddie's alcohol problem has recently become even worse after supposedly seeing lights in the sky in the middle of the night. Though trying to help his friend, Dominic is as sceptical as everyone else, blaming the sightings on Eddie's drunken state, until one night he sees the lights to... The next morning, Hawke arrives to find that the pair of them have vanished, and in searching for them, stumbles upon a fanatical militarist's organisation, who is planning to launch his own nuclear missile against Russia...

star 7.68
47 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
The Truth About Holly

#15 - The Truth About Holly

Season 2 - Episode 4

After Hawke rescues Dominic's niece Holly from a mobster's compound in Mexico, strange things start happening at Santini Air. At first, Hawke and Dominic assume that the mobster is trying to scare the girl, but, especially when Hawke turns down Holly's advances of romance, the incidents get worse... Meanwhile, Caitlin O'Shannessy arrives fresh from her escapade with Hawke against the corrupt Police of Pope County, and looks for work at Santini Air. He close relationship with Hawke somehow seems to fuel the incidents...

star 7.68
47 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Daddy's Gone a Hunt'n

#16 - Daddy's Gone a Hunt'n

Season 1 - Episode 3

Hawke and Dom must stop a suspected traitor from turning an advanced military fighter over to the Russians in exchange for his son who was born in Vietnam. Things get complicated, though, when Hawke realizes that he was also involved with the boy's mother during roughly the same era as the child's birth.

star 7.61
105 votes
And They Are Us

#17 - And They Are Us

Season 1 - Episode 10

North and South Limbawe are in conflict over oil and a despotic General plans to overthrow his own government in South Limbawe and attacks his neighbors to the North. String and Dom are sent by Archangel to aid North Limbawe and it's leader, Seku Logana, but Logana has his own prejudices about receiving aid for his cause. Also in the mix is an old Vietnam buddy of Hawke's, Marty Vidor, who is working as a mercenary for South Limbawe, and Hawke is hesitant to take him on since Vidor just may know the location of the missing Saint John.

star 7.60
48 votes
Directors: David Hemmings
Proof Through the Night

#18 - Proof Through the Night

Season 1 - Episode 5

A Russian mole discovers that scientists in the U.S.S.R. have developed a lethal serum that instantly kills anyone exposed to it. He steals a vial of the serum and contacts his friend Archangel for help in escaping the country with his family. Archangel dispatches Hawke and Santini for the rescue effort, but Airwolf can't handle that much passenger weight -- unless all her armaments are stripped leaving the supercopter defenseless.

star 7.59
66 votes
Sins of the Past

#19 - Sins of the Past

Season 2 - Episode 6

Dominic is distraught to hear that his daughter Sally-Anne - whom Hawke never even knew existed - has been found dead on the beach after over-dosing, in the Caribbean Island of San Remo, where Dom himself was born. Detouring in their way to a top-secret Airwolf mission for the Firm, Hawke flies Dominic to the island to attend the funeral, only for it to end in an argument with his bitter ex-wife Lila. Returning from their mission, they hear that Lila was murdered the previous night, and Dominic is arrested as the prime suspect. When Archangel is ordered not to allow Firm involvement as not to risk uncovering the secret mission, Hawke heads to the luxurious San Remo to investigate the murder for himself, and finds the island is living in the shadow of a new gambling casino, run by a very shady character with great influence in the area...

star 7.57
40 votes
Moffett's Ghost

#20 - Moffett's Ghost

Season 2 - Episode 3

In the midst of it's key part in delivering and collecting a leading American scientist to top secret sanctions aimed at cooling international tensions with Russians, Airwolf develops a seeming computer virus in it's systems, which periodically takes pilot control and makes it a potential killing machine in the air. The systems have been taken over buy a ""time-bomb"" left by the chopper's evil creator, Dr. Moffett, who has programmed it to begin the deadly behaviour if not given it a recognition code by him at that time. Hawke and Dominic must decide whether to let the Firm scientists try and work on the machine - risking having them snatching it back away from them - or to find another way to try and cure The Lady before completing their part in the sanctions, knowing that if they fail to completely cure it, they jeopardise not only international relations, but potentially hundreds of lives...

star 7.56
45 votes
Directors: Donald A. Baer
The Hunted

#21 - The Hunted

Season 2 - Episode 5

Santini Air is hired for a 30 day period by agents on behalf of a industrial millionaire, to be on stand-by to pilot the man on an important journey when called upon. Dominic is excited at the prospect of the high-paying job, but Hawke is more sceptical and intends to find out just why they've been given the contract. But unbeknown to any of them, Caitlin's new boyfriend is plotting to assassinate the millionaire; and matters are not helped any by some malfunctions that Airwolf is suffering...

star 7.55
47 votes
Directors: Sutton Roley
Shadow of the Hawke (1)

#22 - Shadow of the Hawke (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1

While demonstrating the capabilities of the new prototype supercopter codenamed 'Airwolf', Dr. Charles Moffet goes rogue, steals the chopper and kills almost all of the observers. At least one man -- Michael Coldsmith Briggs III survives. Briggs, codenamed 'Archangel' is the head of a covert organization called 'The Firm' and Archangel calls upon the one man in the world he knows that can retrieve the copter. The problem is Stringfellow Hawke is not only a loner, but a recluse as well. The amount of money the Firm is willing to pay for Airwolf's recovery is irrelevant. Hawke wants just one thing - the safe return of his brother, Saint John, who was captured during the Vietnam war and is evidently a POW.

star 7.50
172 votes
Random Target

#23 - Random Target

Season 2 - Episode 11

While filming aerial footage, String and Dom accidentally get footage of a mobster believed dead.

star 7.48
33 votes
Bite of the Jackal

#24 - Bite of the Jackal

Season 1 - Episode 4

An ambitious executive at the Firm makes a subversive play for Archangel's job. A bomb is planted aboard a vintage helicopter owned by Dominic Santini and he's forced to crash land. When Hawke and Archangel go hunting for Dom, Airwolf is ambushed and shot down. The two must convince a group of locals to help them repair their damaged tail rotor. Complicating matters on Dom's end, he must contend with a stowaway aboard his chopper -- a young girl searching for her dad.

star 7.47
79 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Tracks

#25 - Tracks

Season 3 - Episode 21

String takes group of wheelchair-bound Vietnam war vets on a mountain hike adventure, but they wind up fighting for thier lives when a deranged mountain man, wants them off his mountain at any cost.

star 7.47
15 votes
Directors: Ron Stein