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Stringfellow Hawke, Dominic Santini and Airwolf become involved in a potentially dangerous political situation between two African countries. The major instigator is Hawke's former commanding officer in Vietnam, Colonel Martin Vidor, now known as Bo-Dai-Thung. Now a mercenary copter pilot working with the Soviet trained South, Vidor plans to use his small group and sophisticated weapons against the North and its president, Seko Logana--unless Hawke and Dominic can intervne and upset his plans. However, he might also know the location of Hawke's brother, Saint John.[1][2]

Episode summary

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Story locations

  • Hawke's cabin
  • North Limbawe
  • South Limbawe

Aircraft seen

Firearms seen

Research notes

  • The radar operator reports the Corsairs as coming in from 030 which makes sense because they are coming from North Limbawe. But the blips on his scope are to the south-southwest.
  • Origin of the title
    • The title is a derivative of a quotation attributed to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. After the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813, he wrote in a report: "We have met the enemy, and they are ours."
    • Subsequently, on April 22, 1970, Walt Kelly, author of the comic strip Pogo used a version of this quote on a poster to publicise Earth Day. The poster depicted Pogo surveying an environment devastated by human garbage, overlaid by the words: "We have met the enemy, and he is us."
    • The same quote was used by Kelly again in 1971 in a Pogo comic strip.
    • Colonel Vidor and Hawke's version appears to be a two-part challenge and response used by members of the squadron to greet one another and identify themselves.

Guest stars/Recurring cast