Stringfellow Hawke (portrayed by American actor
Jan-Michael Vincent) is a fictional character on the American action-adventure television series " Airwolf" (1984-1987). During the series' first three seasons, Hawke is its central character. A freelance agent of a division of the CIAknown as the F.I.R.M., Hawke serves as pilot and custodian of the prototype supersonic attack helicopter for which the show is named.
Born in 1950,
Vietnam Warveteran Stringfellow Hawke lives in seclusion with his Bluetick Coonhound"Tet," named for the 'Nam action the Tet Offensive, at a log cabin by a Californialake. When Hawke was twelve, he and his parents were in a boating accident on the lake. He was rescued by his brother Saint John, but their parents drowned. Beginning with this incident, Hawke grows to believe that anyone he loves is destined to die tragically, a belief that subsequent events only serve to reinforce. The orphaned Hawke brothers are raised by Dominic Santini( Ernest Borgnine), a friend and fellow military aviator of their father's, and an acknowledged but unexplained exception to Hawke's "curse."
Upon reaching adulthood, both Saint John and Stringfellow enlist in the
U.S. Armyand are dispatched to the front lines of the Vietnam War. Both Hawke brothers prove their valor and piloting skills during the conflict. In 1969, tragedy occurs again when Saint John is separated from his brother and the rest of their unit during a mission. Stringfellow was hospitalized prior to the fall of Saigon and lost contact with his Vietnamese girlfriend, Nhi Huong. Saint John is listed as M.I.A. in Southeast Asia, causing Stringfellow to further withdraw from society.
Hawke returns from the war and earns a
Master's degreein Applied Physics. He lives a solitary life in the mountains and uses his cabin’s dock as a helicopterlanding pad. He serenades eagles with Prokofiev on his Stradivarius cello, and is an avid fisherman. Hawke has a first-rate art collection, which his grandfather collected for his grandmother. He works with Dominic Santini, his adopted father and mentor (and now also his employer) and the owner of Santini Air (a helicopter service for hire, mostly to the movie-making business).
Hawke also works for Michael Coldsmith-Briggs III (intelligence code name: "Archangel"), deputy project director for the F.I.R.M. As Hawke had been chief test pilot for Airwolf during its development program, he is recruited by Archangel as the logical--indeed, the only--candidate to retrieve the helicopter after its designer and builder, Charles Henry Moffet, absconds with it to
Libya. Hawke is further convinced to accept the mission by Archangel's assistant Gabrielle Ademaur ( Belinda Bauer), with whom Hawke ultimately becomes romantically involved. Hawke accepts the mission on the condition that the Firm hand over classified information on the whereabouts of his missing brother. Thus, Hawke and Santini run the mission to take back Airwolf, and they discover that Moffet has used it to destroy American targets for the Libyans.
Gabrielle goes undercover to thwart Moffet's nefarious plans, but she is detected and captured by Moffet, then tortured and left to die in the desert. At the same time, Hawke and Santini have stolen Airwolf from its compound. Hawke finds Gabrielle, only to have her die in his arms. Hawke hunts Moffet across the desert, and finally kills the fiendish engineer with his own invention. With Airwolf secured, Hawke fulfills his part of the deal with the F.I.R.M., but Archangel claims to as yet have no further information about Saint John. Unsatisfied, Hawke hides and booby traps Airwolf in a desert cave and becomes custodian of the aircraft, vowing not to hand it over until the F.I.R.M. finds his brother. Over the next two and a half years, Hawke pilots Airwolf on a number of national security missions at Archangel's request. Hawke also occasionally pilots Airwolf to save or protect endangered innocents he encounters, to help friends in peril, or to correct injustices. In these adventures, Hawke is commonly supported by Santini, former
Texas Highway Patrolofficer Caitlin O'Shannessy ( Jean Bruce Scott), and occasionally, Archangel himself, who does supply them with the unusual fuel and ammunition which "the Lady" (Dom's nickname for Airwolf) requires. Caitlin is first encountered in the second season premiere, as a helicopter-flying state police officer. Having seen Airwolf in the air and met Stringfellow Hawke separately on the ground, she resigns her position and traces Hawke, by his unusual name, to Santini Air. Both men deny any knowledge of the aircraft she describes, but Dom gives her a job. Eventually, an ill-timed injury to Santini forces them to recruit Caitlin into the Airwolf operation.
In the first episode of "Airwolf" 's fourth and final season, Stringfellow is critically injured when a bomb planted in one of Dominic Santini's helicopters explodes, killing Santini. "Company" (the F.I.R.M. having been replaced) administrator
Jason Locke( Anthony Sherwood) recruits Major Mike Rivers( Geraint Wyn Davies), who ingeniously locates Airwolf's "Lair" with satellite photos that show the helicopter's prop wash in the surrounding desert sands. To their surprise, Dominic Santini's niece, Jo Santini( Michele Scarabelli) has already found the lair and insists on being part of the operation. They use Airwolf to liberate Saint John Hawke ( Barry Van Dyke), who has been working under very deep cover for another agency of US intelligence, from an assignment gone bad. Saint John and Stringfellow reunite in the United States, and Saint John subsequently replaces his wounded brother as the primary pilot of Airwolf (and as the central character of the " Airwolf" television series). String tells Saint John, "I don't want to die in this place," and his brother carries him out of the hospital. To where and to what fate is not specified.
* [http://www.stringfellowhawke.com StringfellowHawke.com]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Hawke — NOTOC Hawke is a surname, and may refer to:People* Albert Hawke, ex premier of Western Australia * Alex Hawke, Australian politician * Bob Hawke, ex prime minister of Australia * Brett Hawke, Australian Olympic swimmer * Davis Wolfgang Hawke, U.S … Wikipedia
Stringfellow — ist der Name folgender Personen: Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow (1816–1891), US amerikanischer Politiker und Jurist Douglas R. Stringfellow (1922–1966), US amerikanischer Politiker John Stringfellow (1799–1883), englischer Konstrukteur und… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Saint John Hawke — Seriendaten Deutscher Titel: Airwolf Originaltitel: Airwolf Produktionsland: USA Produktion … Deutsch Wikipedia
Airwolf — Seriendaten Deutscher Titel Airwolf … Deutsch Wikipedia
Airwolf — This article is about the television series. For information specific to the helicopter from the program, see Airwolf (helicopter). Airwolf Title card from original run Format … Wikipedia
Dominic Santini — is a fictional character on the U.S. television series Airwolf, which ran from 1984 to 1987. Veteran actor Ernest Borgnine portrayed the character during the series first three seasons. Santini is of Italian American descent, and was born and… … Wikipedia
Supercopter — Titre original Airwolf Genre Série de guerre Créateur(s) Donald Bellisario Musique Sylvester Levay Pays d’origine … Wikipédia en Français
Airwolf — Supercopter Supercopter Titre original Airwolf Genre Série de guerre Créateur(s) Donald Bellisario Musique Sylvester Levay Pays d’origine … Wikipédia en Français
Lobo del Aire — Airwolf Título El Lobo del Aire Género acción Creado por Donald Bellisario Reparto Jan Michael Vincent (Stringfellow Hawke) Ernest Borgnine (Dominic Santini) País de origen Estados Unidos … Wikipedia Español
Jan-Michael Vincent — Données clés Surnom Michael Vincent Mike Vincent Naissance 15 juillet 1944 (1944 07 15) (67 ans) Denver … Wikipédia en Français