During the build of the Bell 222 Database we've managed to solve loads of mysteries, even some that people hadn't considered until we raised them. Well... Today i have set some time aside to essentially share something i realised years ago but had been unable to prove it.
Let me Create a Conundrum Where There Wasn't One and then.. Just maybe.. Try to Solve It
This photo was on the airwolf org website years ago... Photo taken by ???
That is a Bell 222 inside the jet copters inc hanger at van nuys airport Los Angeles, California in the 1980's. It's been said for years that this was the airwolf mochup a.k.a N9988K at jetcopters.
People back then based that one photo above as the mochup on the evidence that this one here below is clearly N3176S. Photo taken by ???
I can agree she is sitting in N3176S.. the flying airwolf at patterson enterprises.. BUT I can't and i wont ever agree that the first image is N9988K... and there are a number of reasons as to why...
1st trivial reason is this.. why take the mochup to jet copters ?
2nd reason.. N9988K also had brown leather door panels too... different design however, but the interior was brown and white, not grey and white... Photo taken from bell 222 advert.
3rd reason.. the most defining reason ? the sound stage mochup didn't have a co-pilot door until much later on.. Clearly here it has been gutted inside and still has NO door... Photo taken by ???
I believe the first image at the top of this post COULD BE - N1074T a.ka REDWOLF
As such.. here is the Grey THIN/FLAT door trim of N1074T before it was used as redwolf
THIS BLOG POSTS HAS A FEW QUESTIONS....
Was the first Photo N1074T being prepared for the Redwolf episode ?
When redwolf was sold on its livery was red & white, so the curtains & the trim behind the pilot would match that right?.
Was the first photo in-fact actually N3176S AFTER Airwolf ended... being sorted out before it was sold with a new trim in the back to match the grey trim up front ?
It certainly can't really be N9988K... which is what's always been stated for years...
AIRWOLF FANS OBSERVATIONS SO FAR:
The stairs in the hanger go the wrong way ?
But they had 2 hangers?
Even if we flip/mirror the image then the panel Behind the pilot seat would then be behind the co-pilot seat which would be wrong
we'll update with folks theories as often as we get time to.. keep em coming.. lets solve this one..
Ok this was taken at the Jet Centre in Cincinnati and was one of Charlie Kubicki’s 222’s and had absolutly nothing to do with jet copters in OR Airwolf... one can only wonder why the ORG had it listed as an early mochup photo....