Airwolf

A recent post on the museums’ FaceBook page received an enormous amount of attention, as of today reaching nearly 13,000 people. 

March 8, 2019 FaceBook Post: “As many of you know, the Tennessee Museum of Aviation had a replica of Airwolf on display for many years. We regularly receive phone calls, Face Book Messages and emails inquiring about the Bell-222 Airwolf replica. However, with the release of Jan-Michael Vincent’s recent passing, we are receiving numerous phone calls. Just to let Airwolf fans know … the “Lady” is no longer on display at the museum.”

The below information can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airwolf_(helicopter)

Airwolf is the helicopter from the 1980s American television series. Its fictional features included a wide range of weapons and supersonic speed. The Airwolf helicopter was a conventional Bell 222 helicopter modified by attaching film props.

The flying Airwolf was derived from a Bell 222, a twin-turboshaft helicopter produced for the civilian market and typically employed for corporate, emergency medical or utility transport missions, with seating for up to 10, including the pilot.

The airframe used for Airwolf was serial number 47085 (registration number N3176S), of the initial production version, sometimes unofficially called a Bell 222A.  During filming of the series the helicopter was owned by JetCopters Inc. in Van Nuys, California.

After the show was canceled, the modifications were removed; the helicopter was repainted and eventually sold to the German helicopter charter company, Hubschrauber-Sonder-Dienst (aka HSD Luftrettung and Blue Helicopter Alliance), and given the registration number D-HHSD.  While operating as an air ambulance, the helicopter crashed on June 6, 1992.  

A new, full-size replica of the Airwolf helicopter was created by Steven W. Stull, for display in the Helicopter Headquarters museum located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, using a non-flying Bell 222 with molds taken directly from the originals used in the show.  After the Helicopter Headquarters closed, the replica was put on loaned, for display at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation located in Sevierville, Tennessee, between 2007–2015. The owner of the Airwolf replica sold the Bell 222 to a private collector in California.  The replica is now on top of a $250 million mansion in Bel Air, California.

Left: Jean Bruce Scott        
Right:  Ernest Borgnine   
Center: Jan-Michael Vincent
Left: Jean Bruce Scott Right: Ernest Borgnine
Center: Jan-Michael Vincent


Left: Ernest Borgnine Back Center: Jean Bruce Scott Right: Jan-Michael Vincent
Seated: Alex Cord
The Airwolf replica was at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation from 2007-2015
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