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Natural Born was the 28th episode of Airwolf and the 17th episode of Season 2. The episode first aired on 2/23/1985.

Plot synopsis

A young man, Kevin Hansen, takes a job at Santini Air but he had more in mind than just sweeping the floor. He wants to hunt down the the drug smugglers who killed his uncle whom he loved.[1]

Episode summary

Story locations

Aircraft seen

  • Airwolf
  • Bell 205A1 - N4774R.[2] Kevin and Caitlin are tied up inside this one. Another is painted olive drab and used to represent a UH-1J belonging to "Blue Stone Flying Service". This UH-1J is later armed with missiles.
  • Bell 206 JetRanger - belonging to Santini Air
  • Boeing-Stearman PT-17 - belonging to Santini Air
  • Hughes 369D - N58428.[3] Chester Hansen offers joyrides in this
  • Bell 206L LongRanger - N331WD.[4] Kevin steals this Police chopper to chase the UH-1J
  • Mooney M-18 Mite - N124C.[5] Seen in Chester Hansen's hangar
  • Assorted aircraft seen at Van Nuys
    • Cessna 150G N8572J[6]

Firearms seen

  • Remington 870 - Chester Hansen
  • M60 machine gun - appears to be what is used by Jake to shoot down the police Longranger which Kevin is piloting.

Special dedication

This episode is dedicated to stuntman Reid Rondell [7] who died in a helicopter crash during the filming.

Research Notes

Guest stars/Recurring cast

  • Noble Willingham as Chester Hansen
  • Lance Sloane as Kevin Hansen
  • Christie Houser as Winter
  • Sandy Kenyon as Reverend Clements
  • Seth Foster as Jake O'Donnel
  • Lee Ryan as Bert Allyn
  • Kathryn Stanleigh as Marcia
  • Casey King as Wiley
  • Allen Joseph as Mechanic #2
  • John Medici as Gibson
  • Nancy Linari as Receptionist
  • Robby Dillon as Girlfriend
  • Gary Frommer as Mechanic #1
  • Steve Chambers as Schecter
  • Kevin N. La Rosa as Police Pilot
  • Aline Towne as Town Lady


  • This gallery is incomplete. The following have not been identified. It is not clear where they turn up in the episode:
    • Allen Joseph as Mechanic #2
    • Gary Frommer as Mechanic 31
    • Aline Towne as "Town Lady". According to her biography at IMDB, she would be in her 70s in this episode.
  • One possibility for "Town Lady" is right at the beginning if the episode where there is the voice of a lady asking people to enter their cakes and pies for a baking contest at the fair (see transcript). But she is not seen on camera.
  • Allen Joseph as "Mechanic #2". According to IMDB, he should be in his 60s. He is also described as diminuitive.
  • John Medici as Gibson. According to the subtitles of 1 DVD set, Gibson is the mechanic installing the rockets on O'Donnel's UH-1J