Tuesday, 29 August 2017

N2044C and N2766Y two unsung heroes of hollywood

N2044C and N2766Y are just two of the unsung heroes of Hollywood. From moving the crew around on locations, filming the stars from above to actually starring on the big screen them selves in the 80's and 90's. But they appear to have an interesting kinda history we are attempting to explore.

Bell made 2,320 206B III's.. though 88 of them where 206B II's converted into III's
Doms jet ranger was 1,152 off the production line and had the C/N 3363 

Most airwolf fans will remember N2044C as doms Santini Air JetRanger which was used throughout season 1 to 3 on the airwolf tv series, both on screen and off screen for filming. Season 4 did not use N2044C and in turn used a different helicopter painted up to look like it. Though clearly they also had access to the 1 to 3 seasons worth of footage. The season four 206 has a bubble window on the co-pilot side & a rear view mirror bolted under the fuselage on the pilots side, those two markers give way to what is season 1-3 film stock and what is the season 4 heli variant.

N2044C JetRanger III as used on Airwolf Season 1-3 (1983-1986)
It also featured in other shows such as The A-Team (before its use in airwolf)  notice the F.A.A registration number on the belly and the side. The A-Team episode is from September 1983, So you'd assume this was it's paint job for a lot of stuff before airwolf was filmed. What you see below became what you see above. So howling mad murdock of the a-team actually flew N2044C before dominic santini lol. It was also used in an earlier A-Team episode, Season 1 Episode 10 One More Time.

It also appears in the A-Team opening credits drifting sideways down the road 

N2044C JetRanger III as seen on The A-Team Season 2 Episode 1 (1983)
It often has confused and conflicting listings on many helicopter information sites about tv / film use because it gets mixed up with this one, seen in airwolf "one way express" and other tv shows.

N2766Y as seen on Airwolf Season 1 One Way Express
Here is another shot of it in one way express

N2766Y as seen on Airwolf Season 1 One Way Express
Who ever owned N2766Y must have made some money with it once N2044C got the santini air paint job in the later months of 1983. I'm unsure if they ever thought about this when they painted N2044C up as "Santini Air" but I'm surprised they did not realise the S.A paint job removed N2044C ability to be used for other shots to tie in with any similar aerial footage. In turn making all the footage of it already owned by studios pretty much useless, that is unless they hired the owner of N2766Y to get other scenes to tie in, or would be forced to use peel paint on another chopper.

N2766Y was the 550th 206B jet ranger III off the assembly line with the C/N 2761

Another misc airwolf link in that A-Team 2x01 episode is it features Michael Halsey who played Peter MacGregor Moore on Airwolfs "Echoes from the Past" and also later he starred as Dunkirk in Airwolfs  "HX-1". 

He also stared as an Immortal in the Highlander Series
It was also often stated on a heli list films site that N2044C was visually used on season 3 episode 1 of "The Fall Guy" Devil's Island release date 1983 (that is not true) You can plainly see in the fall guy that the number is N2766Y and not N2044C.

N2766Y  The Fall Guy Devil's Island release date 1983
N2766Y  The Fall Guy Devil's Island release date 1983
It is stated it was also been used on the fall guy season 1 episode Three for the Road,
I have yet to find an image from that episode though, so i have no idea if that is true.

It is also said that it was visually seen on a film called "Blue Thunder" from 1983 but had police markings  (is this really N2044C) ??

N2044C? on Blue Thunder Movie (1983)
 They had a few police helicopters on that film, One was N25OCA

This is N25OCA
Along with a second Police 206 with no spotlight N23OCA (they also had another 206, white with a brown trim) Which could be what you can see in the one way express image above "behind dom while dom is working on N2766Y"

 But did santinis jet ranger chase blue thunder along the L.A viaduct... ?

This is a specific list of aircraft flown during blue thunder filming

Aerospatiale SA.341G Gazelle c/n 1075, N77GH
Aerospatiale SA.341G Gazelle c/n 1066, N37LR
Bell 206B Jet Ranger c/n 3363, N2044C
Bell 206B Jet Ranger c/n 2615, N250CA
Bell 206B Jet Ranger c/n 2779, N230CA
Bell 206B Jet Ranger c/n 2840, N1068A
Bell 206B Jet Ranger c/n 3264, N200NP
Hughes 500D c/n 129-0624D, N58428
Eurocopter AS-350D AStar

So N2044C is their in the list, but i think it was mainly used as a filming platform and only painted up just in case any of the other mounted cameras catch it in shot.

It was also visually used on a film called "Eraser" from 1996 but had an NYPD paint job

Hard to really miss with the number down the side

The question is did you ever spot anything else similar within that a-team episode that would also help make it possible to use the Helicopter footage from airwolfs "one way express" along with this a-team "Diamonds 'n' Dust" helicopter footage and its appearances in the fall guy in a 4th production ?
Stock footage for peppard? lol
Chances are if your wearing one of them jackets its because your stunt doubles going up in a helicopter or riding in a jeep that is going to flip over.

They use peel paint a lot in hollywood not only to disguise how it looks but also to help it match the role of another helicopter which footage already exists for from previous film or tv productions. They often also have the actors wear similar clothes too so any other distant camera footage can also be used in other productions.

So imagine having something like this to hand

Bell 206B Jet Ranger c/n 2799, N230CA
With peel paint that can pretty much be made to match any 206 aerial film stock, swung around by a crane. Certainly a hell of a lot cheaper than the price of fuel & you could lift from just the air frame to get below side shots and tie into stock footage. peel paint is a quick way to change the look.

That one strapped to the container has a fairly impressive "On Screen" presence regardless of its off screen camera work with movies and tv including but not limited to the following list.

Blue Thunder, False LAPD livery
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, US Army colours (as N2774L)
Commando, US Army colours; false registration O-258GB, General Kirby arrives in this helicopter at the beginning of the film.
Darkman, Strack Industries livery.
Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Strack Industries livery.
Ghost Warrior, False LAPD livery.
Lethal Weapon.
Uncommon Valor.

It's tail number as of February 2017 is now attached to a 4 seater fixed wing plane.

The original N230CA will no doubt carry on being filmed from one side & dragged through tunnels and across the floor on the other side for many years to come.

So what happened to dominics N2044C and that N2766Y (which you may noticed N2766Y is almost always filmed from Below in things meaning it was often probably the only helicopter on set) ?

We'll we are unsure about N2766Y, but we know doms N2044C was seen wearing the Fox News channel colours and being used for traffic reports and other news stories. As of 2017 it is now used for agricultural work such as crop spraying.

Not the first time doms jet ranger went to do a crop duster scene.. but this time not for that belesario film...  as worded by hawke

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Airwolf Colouring Book (fan made)

Colouring Book Front

This is an unofficial project and pretty much ongoing. Fans have the ability to turn screen shots into colouring book type graphics using phone apps with the likes of Sketch Mode Filters and their is a photo album on facebook where these pictures are being collected.

If you wish to add any just upload them to the photo album here.

What's that i hear you mumble?, you'd love too but don't really have any good Airwolf pictures on your phone to make some pages for it?

That's simple, check out all the photo Albums here.

Ive seen a few fb members harp on about how easy they are to make & yet not one of them members has uploaded any since the Album began in 2012!

Last but not least, see some examples below along with a custom Back Cover. ALSO NOW More are also available within the FB group album.

Colouring Book Back

Airwolf Crossword Puzzle 001 (fan made)

Airwolf Crossword Puzzle 001 (fan made) by The Wraith
Right click and "  Save TARGET As"  to get the full size image, or click it & right click and select "View Image" to escape the site frame. Depends on your browser, but don't just save the low res preview.

Note that, in the uk they often either have the answers on the page upside down or it says turn to page and gives a number, but ya just never no how many pages are gona be in what people print so we included the answers.

If you wanted to get creative you could modyfy it and print it without the airwolf & with and have the answers under it like a flap.  Example below..

Airwolf Crossword Puzzle 001 With Flap (fan made) by The Wraith
Or if you chose to do a full Colour version you could have your flap customised

Airwolf Crossword Puzzle 001 With Custom Flap (fan made) by The Wraith
Colour Version Answers Hidden Under Flap
Colour Version Answers Shown Under Flap

Guide of Required Parts
Part 1 of 2 The Main Base Image

Part 2 of 2 The Flap (both sides)

Friday, 18 August 2017

Airwolf Season 1-3 Ring Bound Flip Calendar 2018 Edition


This could be the first ever airwolf calendar and we are very proud to be the first site to present it to fans here on our blog. 12 images 1 for each month and this beauty just needs a printer and your ready for the new year ahead.

Its concept is based on the portrait aspect ratio that are normally wire bound along the top.

It's creator will not comment on whether a landscape version will be released, nor will he comment on whether a Season 4 calendar will be created.

You can see the front cover on the left of this post and the images for each month along with the back cover are posted below.

This is not for retail use and we do not wish to see it going around ebay! But ber in mind their are on-line photography printing services and static booths in stores that can create ting bound calendars from a private customers uploaded images.

01 January 2018
02 February 2018
03 March 2018
04 April 2018
05 May 2018
06 June 2018
07 July 2018
08 August 2018
09 September 2018
10 October 2018
11 November 2018
12 December 2018