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YMMV: Airwolf
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Archangel; is his friendship with Hawke genuine and the terms of their deal the best he can do, or is he just using Hawke as a powerful deniable asset by dangling a carrot on a string?
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The show's theme song, though some have argued that this got worse along with everything else in season 4.
  • Faux Symbolism: The Airwolf v. Airwolf II battle is preceded by them hovering near each other like sumo wrestlers.
    • Another episode features a bunch of Vietnamese people, whose village was destroyed via inaccurate intelligence in The Vietnam War, kidnap the families of the pilots involved (including Caitlin and Dom, by virtue of being Hawke's "family", although he was absent). They decide to kill them all in the camp they're in on the 14th anniversary of the attack at the time it took place (although they fail to factor in the time zone- along with a very poorly co-ordinated hostage video), by using Huey helicopters- the same type that did it.
    • In yet another episode, a group of people living in a religious commune are praying for someone to deliver them, An image of the leader is super imposed with Airwolf rising from its den and coming to the rescue.
  • Ear Worm: the opening theme. Just TRY to get it out of your head.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Just what is it about Airwolf that makes it so only Moffet and Hawke could fly it to its fullest abilities? When in turbo mode, Airwolf essentially becomes a fighter plane. The entire concept is, in terms of realistic military application, a Game Breaker; helicopters are able to handle situations in small spaces and areas that fighter jets can't because they have minimum cruising speeds. However, helicopters stand no chance against fighter jets in combat, and a single fighter can easily solve the problem of ground units being assailed by helicopters. Airwolf can, at will, switch between both roles with one press of a button. The problem here is that piloting a gunship and piloting a fighter jet are two entirely different tasks, and someone like Dominic who only knows how to fly helicopters can't fly Airwolf in turbo mode because he doesn't know how to fly fighter jets.
    • Dom is show to use the turbos at times when he has to rescue String. However, he is never shown to use them in combat, which would require much more skill.
    • Where this falls down, of course, is that rotary-wing pilots do all of their initial flight training on fixed-wing aircraft, such as the T-34. So while a rotary pilot could not be expected to randomly be able to fly an advanced fixed-wing such as a B-2 or F/A-18, flying normally, even in jet aircraft, is very reasonable. Supersonic flight is not really very different, especially when adding in the computer-assists all modern supersonic aircraft (and of course, The Lady) have.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The episode "Firestorm", especially the end, considering Jan-Michael Vincent's own problems with alcoholism.
    • The helicopter itself: after the show ended, it was refurbished as a flying ambulance and eventually crashed into a mountain while carrying a little girl.
  • Special Effects Failure A badly-painted model (probably an Airfix kit) was employed every time Season 4 had finally scraped right through the barrel for Stock Footage.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Happens quite literally to Dom, who is forced to hide inside Airwolf instead of taking off because he'd previously set up a camo-net on top of the helicopter and he has to wait until the mountain lion meanders away before he can get it off. At one point, he tempts fate by wondering what else can go wrong, and a second mountain lion shows up.

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