Tagged: Aviation

Lost

Lost/ABC/2004-2010 (Wheelchair)

John Locke (Terry O’Quinn), a middle aged man confined to a wheelchair after falling out of a window while fighting his father who had conned his way back into John’s life and suckered him into giving him a kidney.

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After spending four years in a wheelchair, John decides to travel to Australia for a Walkabout but is denied the right to do so by a Melbourne Travel Tour Agent. Defiant, John shouts, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do. Ever!”

Returning to America, John boards Oceanic Flight 815 from Sydney to Los Angeles which later crashes on a mysterious remote Pacific island where John is miraculously healed and can suddenly walk again. He soon becomes a leader among the surviving passengers of the doomed flight.

Airwolf

Airwolf/CBS/USA-1984-1988 (Injured Eye, Limps)

Alex Cord starred as Archangel, an ultra-secret government operative featured on the aviation adventure AIRWOLF/CBS/USA/1984-88.

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Michael Archangel (Code name: “Archangel”) is the director of the F.I.R.M. with a level 5 clearance. His real name is Michael Coldsmith Briggs III. He dresses in white, carries an eloquent walking cane, and wears glasses with the left eye lens shrouded in a black tint. He sometimes wears a white eye patch.

He is assisted by several gorgeous females including: Gabrielle (Belinda Bauer); Marella (Deborah Pratt); Lydia (Sandra Kronemeyer); Amanda (Kandace Kuehl) and Rhoda (Leigh Walsh).

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Archangel was recruited by the Agency to retrieve a top secret helicopter named Airwolf  (government file No. A56-7W) that was stolen by its creator/designer, Professor Moffit (Charles Henry) who intended to sell the high-tech tactical aircraft to a foreign country.

Airwolf’s capabilities included a cruising speed of 300 knots; climbing ceiling of 82,000 feet; onboard computers with topographical and vehicle identification data banks; four 30mm front mounted machine guns; two 40mm wing cannons; and bottom launched heat seeking missiles (Hellfire, Redeye, Copperheads, Sidewinder, Phoenix, Maverick, & Shrike).

During the theft of Airwolf, Moffit fired missiles into a bunker where Archangel was situated. The explosion damaged Archangel’s leg, leaving him with a limp. He also lost the sight in his left eye.

To retrieve the helicopter, Archangel assigned former Vietnam veteran pilot Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) to recover it. However, when he got it, he refused to give it back until the US War Department stepped up their efforts to find his brother who had been listed missing in action in Vietnam. Hawke hid Airwolf in a large mountain crater in the Southwest desert area called “The Valley Of The Gods.”

While Archangel negotiated the recapture of Airwolf, he used Hawke and Airwolf for a variety of secret missions.

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Dominic, Caitlin, Hawke and Archangel

The only others who knew of Airwolf’s location were Hawke’s employer, Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine), a veteran helicopter pilot and later in the series Caitlin O’Shannessey (Jean Bruce Scott).

Note: The USA Cable network continued the series with a cast of four new actors when CBS dropped the show in 1986. This revised program featured Stringfellow’s long-lost brother, Saint John Hawke (Barry Van Dyke), Dominic’s niece, Jo Anne “Jo” Santini (Michele Scarabelli), Major Mike Rivers (Geraint Wyn Davies), and Archangel’s replacement, Jason Locke (Anthony Sherwood) now working for “The Company.”

The biblical archangels in Christian beliefs were: Chamuel, Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel, Zadkiel, and Zophiel.

JAG

JAG/NBC/CBS/1995-2005 (Night Blindness)

Harmon Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott), Lt. Commander and pilot in the Navy who was diagnosed with night blindness.

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As the program’s opening narration explained:

“Following in his father’s footsteps as a naval aviator Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rad, Jr. suffered a crash while landing his Tomcat on a storm tossed carrier at sea. Diagnosed with night blindness, Harm transferred to the Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corp which investigates, defends and prosecutes the law of the sea. There, with fellow JAG lawyer Major Sarah McKenzie, he now fights in and out of the courtroom with the same daring and tenacity that made him a Top Gun in the air.”

A few years later Harm discovers that his night blindness had been misdiagnosed and with corrective eye surgery he would be able to return to active duty.

Harm undergoes laser surgery to cure his night blindness on episode #81 “Second Sight” (aired April 27, 1999). Then, on episode No. 84 “Yeah Baby” (aired May 18, 1999) Harm, at age 35 and with his eyesight fixed, decides to submit a request to be transferred to a fighter squadron.

But, with some second thought on the matter, Harm decides to stay with JAG. However, when ever the situation arose, Harm willingly took to the air in the service of his country.