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* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/BryanCranston met his wife Robin Dearden when they stared in the episode "Desperate Monday". Funnily, Cranston played a villain while Dearden played his hostage.


* ScienceMarchesOn: Archangel's comment to String that they'll never know if a Vietnamese-American boy in one episode is really St. John's son (and Stringfellow's nephew). DNA fingerprinting had just been invented in 1984 and was still new and not entirely well known or trusted, and DNA paternity testing wasn't really done much until the 1990's. Now that DNA testing has become a widespread thing that comment seems really redundant.

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* ScienceMarchesOn: Archangel's comment to String that they'll never know if a Vietnamese-American boy in one episode is really St. John's son (and Stringfellow's nephew). DNA fingerprinting had just been invented in 1984 and was still new and not entirely well known or trusted, and DNA paternity testing wasn't really done much until the 1990's. Now that DNA testing has become a widespread thing that comment seems really redundant.redundant.
* TroubledProduction: The show had to deal with a star (Jan-Michael Vincent) with drinking problems who got arrested four times in four years and consistent budget overruns.
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* DownerEnding: A post-series variation of the trope. While many of the aircraft featured on the show are still flying in various roles to this day, the Bell 222A’s used as Airwolf, as well as its on-screen rival, Redwolf (or Airwolf II), suffered sad fates:
** The flying Airwolf was registration (or “tail number”) 'N3176S' (serial number 47085). After Season 3, the aircraft’s external modifications were removed. It was repainted, and sold to a German firm, with the tail number D-HHSD. On June 6, 1992, while being used as an air ambulance and flying in heavy fog and developing thunderstorm, it impacted a mountainside and was destroyed, killing its 3 crewmembers.
** The non-flying “mock-up”, was tail number N9988K (serial number 47001, the first production Bell 222A). This was used for nearly all interior filming as well as some exterior shots when needed during Season 1-3 (Yes, sorry to say - the flying Airwolf never had the rear command center installed), as well as ALL the filming of Season 4 as the production couldn’t afford the flying Airwolf. After the series conclusion, the mock-up was then broken up, and any usable parts sold to other available 222’s.
** Airwolf’s “evil twin”, Redwolf (or Airwolf II), was tail number N1074T (serial number 47015). In April of 1987, while on a post-maintenance flight over Texas, the drive system for the main rotor failed, causing total loss of control. It then impacted the ground, killing 2 crewmembers.



** CBS had the series made more domestic and much lighter in tone after the first season, insisting on a female character being added and Hawke's somewhat dark and troubled nature being toned down.

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** CBS Creator/{{CBS}} had the series made more domestic and much lighter in tone after the first season, insisting on a female character being added and Hawke's somewhat dark and troubled nature being toned down.


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* McLeaned: After Creator/ErnestBorgnine left the show, the writers decided to kill off his character by way of showing Ernest's stunt double - [[FakeShemp filmed only from behind, natch]] - being killed in a helicopter explosion (using StockFootage from [[SpecialEffectFailure an entirely different episode, filmed in an entirely different location]]).

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* FollowTheLeader: ''Airwolf'' is [[DuelingShows one of several shows]] based around [[CoolPlane Cool Helicopters]] that were inspired by the 1983 film ''Film/BlueThunder''.

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*DownerEnding: A post-series variation of the trope. While many of the aircraft featured on the show are still flying in various roles to this day, the Bell 222A’s used as Airwolf, as well as its on-screen rival, Redwolf (or Airwolf II), suffered sad fates:
**The flying Airwolf was registration (or “tail number”) 'N3176S' (serial number 47085). After Season 3, the aircraft’s external modifications were removed. It was repainted, and sold to a German firm, with the tail number D-HHSD. On June 6, 1992, while being used as an air ambulance and flying in heavy fog and developing thunderstorm, it impacted a mountainside and was destroyed, killing its 3 crewmembers.
**The non-flying “mock-up”, was tail number N9988K (serial number 47001, the first production Bell 222A). This was used for nearly all interior filming as well as some exterior shots when needed during Season 1-3 (Yes, sorry to say - the flying Airwolf never had the rear command center installed), as well as ALL the filming of Season 4 as the production couldn’t afford the flying Airwolf. After the series conclusion, the mock-up was then broken up, and any usable parts sold to other available 222’s.
**Airwolf’s “evil twin”, Redwolf (or Airwolf II), was tail number N1074T (serial number 47015). In April of 1987, while on a post-maintenance flight over Texas, the drive system for the main rotor failed, causing total loss of control. It then impacted the ground, killing 2 crewmembers.


** Season 4 was made for the Creator/USANetwork, which as a cable channel in 1987 and even after taking the series [[CaliforniaDoubling to Canada]], could not afford to keep any of the original cast. Dominic Santini was killed off-screen since they couldn't afford even a few moments of Ernest Borgnine, and since they had the money for a few minutes of Jan-Michael Vincent they had String appear, but be critically wounded so he couldn't fly anymore.

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** Season 4 was made for the Creator/USANetwork, which as a cable channel in 1987 and even after taking the series [[CaliforniaDoubling to Canada]], could not afford to keep any of the original cast. Dominic Santini was killed off-screen off (using a body-double since they couldn't afford even a few moments of Ernest Borgnine, Borgnine), and since they had the money for a few minutes of Jan-Michael Vincent they had String appear, but be critically wounded so he couldn't fly anymore.anymore. Archangel was said to have been "reassigned overseas", and Caitlin was never mentioned or seen again.



* ScienceMarchesOn: Archangel's comment to String that they'll never know if a Vietnamese-American boy in one episode is really St. John's son (and Stringfellow's nephew). DNA fingerprinting had just been invented in 1984 and was still new and not entirely well known or trusted, and DNA paternity testing wasn't really done much until the 1990's. Now that DNA testing has become a widespread thing that comment seems really ridiculous.

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* ScienceMarchesOn: Archangel's comment to String that they'll never know if a Vietnamese-American boy in one episode is really St. John's son (and Stringfellow's nephew). DNA fingerprinting had just been invented in 1984 and was still new and not entirely well known or trusted, and DNA paternity testing wasn't really done much until the 1990's. Now that DNA testing has become a widespread thing that comment seems really ridiculous.redundant.


** Season 4 was made for the USANetwork, which as a cable channel in 1987 and even after taking the series [[CaliforniaDoubling to Canada]], could not afford to keep any of the original cast. Dominic Santini was killed off-screen since they couldn't afford even a few moments of Ernest Borgnine, and since they had the money for a few minutes of Jan-Michael Vincent they had String appear, but be critically wounded so he couldn't fly anymore.

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** Season 4 was made for the USANetwork, Creator/USANetwork, which as a cable channel in 1987 and even after taking the series [[CaliforniaDoubling to Canada]], could not afford to keep any of the original cast. Dominic Santini was killed off-screen since they couldn't afford even a few moments of Ernest Borgnine, and since they had the money for a few minutes of Jan-Michael Vincent they had String appear, but be critically wounded so he couldn't fly anymore.

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* TheOtherDarrin: In the first series, St. John Hawke (when he appeared in flashbacks) was played by Christopher Connelly. When he became a main character following USA's re-launch of the series, he was played by Barry Van Dyke.


* ScienceMarchesOn: Archangel's comment to String that they'll never know if a Vietnamese-American boy in one episode is really St. John's son (and Stringfellow's nephew). DNA fingerprinting had just been invented in 1984 and was still new and not entirely well known or trusted. Now that DNA has become a widespread thing that comment seems really ridiculous.

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* ScienceMarchesOn: Archangel's comment to String that they'll never know if a Vietnamese-American boy in one episode is really St. John's son (and Stringfellow's nephew). DNA fingerprinting had just been invented in 1984 and was still new and not entirely well known or trusted. trusted, and DNA paternity testing wasn't really done much until the 1990's. Now that DNA testing has become a widespread thing that comment seems really ridiculous.


* ExecutiveMeddling: CBS had the series made more domestic and lighter after the first one, insisting on a female character being added.
** Season 4 was made for the USANetwork, which as a cable channel in 1987 and even after taking the series [[CaliforniaDoubling to Canada]], could not afford to keep any of the original cast.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Archangel's comment to String that they'll never know if a Vietnamese-American boy in one episode is really St. John's son (and Stringfellow's) nephew becomes HilariousInHindsight a quarter century on when words like "familial match" and "DNA" are terms known by a large segment of the viewing audience.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: ExecutiveMeddling:
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CBS had the series made more domestic and much lighter in tone after the first one, season, insisting on a female character being added.
added and Hawke's somewhat dark and troubled nature being toned down.
** Season 4 was made for the USANetwork, which as a cable channel in 1987 and even after taking the series [[CaliforniaDoubling to Canada]], could not afford to keep any of the original cast.
cast. Dominic Santini was killed off-screen since they couldn't afford even a few moments of Ernest Borgnine, and since they had the money for a few minutes of Jan-Michael Vincent they had String appear, but be critically wounded so he couldn't fly anymore.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Archangel's comment to String that they'll never know if a Vietnamese-American boy in one episode is really St. John's son (and Stringfellow's) nephew becomes HilariousInHindsight a quarter century on when words like "familial match" Stringfellow's nephew). DNA fingerprinting had just been invented in 1984 and "DNA" are terms was still new and not entirely well known by or trusted. Now that DNA has become a large segment of the viewing audience.widespread thing that comment seems really ridiculous.


** Season 4 was made for the USANetwork, which as a cable channel in 1987 and even after taking the series [[CaliforniaDoubling to Canada]], could not afford to keep any of the original cast.

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** Season 4 was made for the USANetwork, which as a cable channel in 1987 and even after taking the series [[CaliforniaDoubling to Canada]], could not afford to keep any of the original cast.cast.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Archangel's comment to String that they'll never know if a Vietnamese-American boy in one episode is really St. John's son (and Stringfellow's) nephew becomes HilariousInHindsight a quarter century on when words like "familial match" and "DNA" are terms known by a large segment of the viewing audience.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: CBS had the series made more domestic and lighter after the first one, insisting on a female character being added.
** Season 4 was made for the USANetwork, which as a cable channel in 1987 and even after taking the series [[CaliforniaDoubling to Canada]], could not afford to keep any of the original cast.

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