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    Can you ID this 1970s TV kids drama

    As I kid I remember this single UK drama or serial on TV - broadcast in the 1970s. The premise was about this lad who foiled some villians in and around an RAF camp which was set to close. And that's all I can remember. There may have been a radio control model plane featured?

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    Seem to rember something about this not what it was called but the plot was on a dimond hiest in France they were bringing the dimonds to the UK via radio controlled 109's?, with diffrent pilots taking over along the route, the kids got help from some guy and sent up thier own squadron of Spitfires, cant rember how but the kids got the diamonds and sent them up in ther spit from france for the long flight to UK over the English Channel, the bad guys had 109's? all the aircraft were fitted with darts that could be fired off to shoot down the other aircraft.

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    I vaguely remember seeing some of the one Nick remembers when I was recovering from having my appendix out in 1987 - hence the vagueness!

    Possibly called Sky Pirates?

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    It was a Children's Film Foundation production, as Adrian says, called Sky Pirates.

    Sky Pirates (1976): A radio-controlled model plane belonging to a group of children helps foil diamond smugglers.

    SKY PIRATES - When their model plane crashes Mike and Harry are befriended by ex-pilot Charlie Bradford and his niece Maggie, who teach them how to fly radio-controlled planes. When crooks steal Charlie's latest model in an attempt to smuggle a stolen diamond across the Channel, the children embark on an ingenious and exciting plan to thwart them.

    http://tv.cream.org/images2/cff6.jpg

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    Well well, I can't be as daft as I look!

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    Hello

    Slightly off topic. Does anybody remember a 1970's childrens program about a swiss helicopter rescue series, set in the alps...................

    I remember it had some catchy theme tune?
    pb::

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    Two 'awful' ones I recall;

    'The Aeronauts' - French Mirage pilots dubbed into angliais and some tat from America call 'Spencer's Pilots,' does anyone else remember these gems?

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    I vaguely remember the Aeronauts and, until joining this forum, thought that I had imagined it as no one else recalled the series!

    Speaking of dodgy '70s Children's TV series, I received the 1979 'Bailey's Bird' annual for Christmas, featuring a Grumman Mallard!
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    I also remember something called 'Tales of the Gold Monkey' that had a Gruman Goose and Rodey McDowell in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrian_gray
    Well well, I can't be as daft as I look!

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    Well......... how could you be !


    Sorry - couldn't resist, school quips are all coming back to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by wessex boy
    I vaguely remember the Aeronauts and, until joining this forum, thought that I had imagined it as no one else recalled the series!
    Of course we remember it - Michel Tanguy was one of the pilots - can't remember the blonde chap's name!

    It was a Children's Film Foundation production, as Adrian says, called Sky Pirates.
    Aah - memories of Screen Test with Michael Rodd!
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    Quote Originally Posted by megalith
    I also remember something called 'Tales of the Gold Monkey' that had a Gruman Goose and Rodey McDowell in it.

    Steve

    Ah yes, a fellow 'monkey' fan

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    Sky Pirates - God, I remember this! Been years since I saw it though (at least 1989!!).

    Sky Pirates

    Would absolutely love to see it again!
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    The other French pilot was Lt Ernest Laverdure.......apparently there's a new movie about these two involving Mirage 2000's !
    They are big comic book stars in France and more than one TV series/movie has been made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jont122
    Hello

    Slightly off topic. Does anybody remember a 1970's childrens program about a swiss helicopter rescue series, set in the alps...................

    I remember it had some catchy theme tune?
    Yes i know remember the two Mirage pilots in the episodes...................................So long ago
    pb::

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    Anybody old enough to remember "Whirlybirds" ?

    http://cellmath.med.utoronto.ca/B47/...bLaunchIt.html

    It was a B&W American import shown on BBC Children's TV in the 1950s. It featured the escapades of a couple of pilots "Chuck" and "Pete" who ran a helicopter charter company. They mainly flew a Bell 47G but I also recall a 47J.
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    Just remembered another one ...

    "Gary Halliday" - bit like a 1950's version of "Airline". Charter operator with a Vickers Viking - possibly filmed at Blackbushe!

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    More recently, does anyone remember the 1990's 'Budgie the little helicopter'? My brother used to watch it and sometimes I would, it was a cartoon and I seem to remember one of the characters later on in the series being a flying boat, possibly a Walrus? I think he was old and had a moustache
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    Wasn't Budgie an invention of Sarah, Duchess of York?

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-ORDY
    Anybody old enough to remember "Whirlybirds" ?

    http://cellmath.med.utoronto.ca/B47/...bLaunchIt.html

    It was a B&W American import shown on BBC Children's TV in the 1950s. It featured the escapades of a couple of pilots "Chuck" and "Pete" who ran a helicopter charter company. They mainly flew a Bell 47G but I also recall a 47J.
    They repeated it when I were a Lad in the '70s, they had a Hiller 360 as well.

    Rlangham: The Budgie series was written by Sarah Ferguson, she followed her (then) husband's interest in Helicopters, although hers weren't normally targetted by Exocets.........
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    Listing here of Budgie the helicopter characters http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budgie_...tle_Helicopter

    The seaplane was called 'Wally' so I think that's pretty obviously a Walrus. Lionel is a Sea King or S61, Chuck the double helicopter was a Chinook, think it's pretty obvious what Concord the jet plane was, but for originality you can't beat Backhoe the backhoe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rlangham
    More recently, does anyone remember the 1990's 'Budgie the little helicopter'? My brother used to watch it and sometimes I would, it was a cartoon and I seem to remember one of the characters later on in the series being a flying boat, possibly a Walrus? I think he was old and had a moustache
    Do you remember the 80s TV series "Jimbo and the Jet-Set"??



    I used to love it when I was a kid. There was an episode where Jimbo and a friend of his (which I think was a Wellington) went back in time to the 1940s and were involved in a mission somewhere.
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    yep remember that kids tv movie with the spits! Thought it was just me!

    whirlybirds was repeated in the school holidays and i can just remember...monkey - started my love affair with the Goose!

    Anyone remember an american 80s cop show which starred a PINK H-34?

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    Got it! It was Riptide - by the bloke behind the A Team

    http://www.rotaryaction.com/pages/riptide.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEXANTOMCAT
    Got it! It was Riptide - by the bloke behind the A Team

    http://www.rotaryaction.com/pages/riptide.html

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    Now of course you raise the A team, which featured Murdoch being able to leap into any DC3/Beech 18/Hughes 500 lying around and save the day (with a recumbent BA Baracus in the back...) after a very short flight....
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    Quote Originally Posted by wessex boy
    Now of course you raise the A team, which featured Murdoch being able to leap into any DC3/Beech 18/Hughes 500 lying around and save the day (with a recumbent BA Baracus in the back...) after a very short flight....
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    'CRAZY' fool I think -

    actually picked up the two first seasons of the A Team on DVD a few months ago - there are two Beech Porn episodes - one where they 'crash' in the mountains of mexico (Murdoch and BA construct a microlight from the wreckage to fly out a wounded redneck) the crash involved taking the wings off the Beech (a D.18S) and placing them on the ground with some twigs...the second involved landing the Beech in Guatamala then taxying it through the rainforest to avoid the bad guys...

    DC3 wise there was a spurious dc3 chase where Murdoch and Amy followed a 'CIA' DC3 to china (or somewhere) then baled out to rescue the gang - some nice formation work though....but you'dve thought they would have used a Stirling for authenticity...

    My fave was McGyver who hid in a Dak wheelwell then took over the plane ('by climbing through the wing' tosspot....

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    Best A Team moment was when they came across a rusty old Sherman tank on some private island, while they were driving around in a Deuce and a half. From what I remember, they simply put the batteries from the Deuce 1/2 into the Sherman, tinkered it about and off it went! Funnily enough the ammunition and firing systems worked fine as well
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    Well, for all you A-Team fans out there, a film version is on its way.....!
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    Really?! Wow and I thought my dreams were coming true with an Alan Partridge Movie. I bet it won't have the original cast though, won't be the same without em! (And probably some pimped up yellow Hummer replacing the black van)
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