Archangel

Code name of an ultra-secret government operative (Alex Cord) working for the F.I.R.M on the aviation adventure AIRWOLF/CBS/USA/1984-88.

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Archangel with the crew of Airwolf

With a name like Archangel, it was only natural he would dress in the obligatory white suit, shoes, hat, cape and carry an eloquent walking cane. He wears a patch on his left eye.

Michael Archangel is the director of the F.I.R.M. with a level 5 clearance. His real name is Michael Coldsmith Briggs III. He is assisted by several gorgeous females including: Gabrielle (Belinda Bauer); Marella (Deborah Pratt); Lydia (Sandra Kronemeyer); Amanda (Kandace Kuehl) and Rhoda (Leigh Walsh).

Archangel was recruited by the Agency to retrieve a top secret  helicopter named Airwolf that was stolen from the government by Airwolf’s creator/designer, Professor Moffit (Charles Henry) to sell to a foreign government.

“Airwolf” (government file No. A56-7W) was designed to be the ultimate flying machine. Its 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). To avoid duplication, Airwolf’s design plans were stored inside it onboard computers.

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.”

Archangel negotiated the recapture of Airwolf, all the while, however, using Hawke and Airwolf for a variety of secret missions.

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

During the 1985 fall season, a supped-up twin version of Airwolf premiered. Called Redwolf, the dynamic duplicate sported a black top, a red underbelly and was equipped with a laser cannon. In an apocryphal air battle, Hawke, piloting Airwolf, destroyed Redwolf .

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.

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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