the - Airwolf (1984-1986)

Airwolf  (1984-1986)
Creator: Donald P. Bellisario
Cast: Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord and Ernest Borgnine IMDB Database page about Airwolf page about Airwolf

Studio(s): - Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood: Colonial Street (Cleaver House), Colonial Street Church, Denver Street, Little Europe, New York Street, Six Points Texas, Square of Warriors, Tower of London backlot sets, Stage 14 [helicopter interior mockup], Stage 20 [process shots], Stage 24 [Hawke Cabin set], Stage 27 [The Lair hideout], Stage 28 [process shots]

Classic action-adventure series about a supersonic military helicopter. The series creator, Donald P. Bellisario, was also responsible for Magnum P.I. and Tales of the Golden Monkey, and was a director and writer on numerous other Universal TV shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Kojak and later Quantum Leap. 

Ernest Borgnine, who played Dominic Santini (head of Santini Air, who perform stunts for Hollywood productions) was mayor of Universal City. 
The first run of the series (1984-1986) consisted of 58 episodes. An additional run of 24 episodes was made on a lower budget in Canada in 1987 with a new cast on a new network. 
As well as numerous locations around the California area, the production used a mockup of the interior of a Bell 222 helicopter for interior close-ups and for shots of the helicopter in the "lair". This mockup was built on Stage 14. The production also used Stage 24. 
Scale models of the Airwolf helicopter are sometimes on display in the Prop Warehouse on the VIP Tour.
Episodes featuring the backlot
  • "Airwolf" - Pilot Episode (1984) New York Street 
    Shot on October 24, 1983
    As "Santini Air" in the show performed stunts for Hollywood productions, the backlot often appears "as itself", usually with a helicopter flying through it! These stills from the pilot episode show David Jones skillfully barnstorming the Hughes 500 around New York Street. 
    Many thanks to Clark Van Hoten ( for research and stills. 
  • "The Truth About Holly" - Season 2, Episode 4 (1984) Spartacus Square 
  • "Fallen Angel" - Season 2, Episode 7 (1984) The Tower of London set
  • "Inn At The End Of The Road" - Season 2, Episode 14 (1985) MCA Tower (NEW)
  • "Santini's Millions" - Season 2, Episode 15 (1985) Falls Lake, Psycho House (NEW) 
  • "Prisoner of Yesterday" - Season 2, Episode 16 (1985) Little Europe (NEW)
  • "Natural Born" - Season 2, Episode 17 (1985) Colonial Street
  • "Eruption" - Season 2, Episode 21 (1985) Six Points Texas (NEW)
  • "Fortune Teller" - Season 3, Episode 4 (1985) The Tower of London set
  • "Annie Oakley" - Season 3, Episode 8 (1985) Six Points Texas, Denver Street


Many thanks to universalstonecutter and Clark Van Hoten for episode research.

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