Pensacola: Wings of Gold TV Series Overview (1997-2000)


Introduction

Pensacola: Wings of Gold is a syndicated American action/adventure drama series based at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida.

Outline

The story of an elite naval force based in Pensacola, Florida.

Cast

  • James Brolin as Lieutenant Colonel Bill “Raider” Kelly, commanding officer of VMFAT-107, an F/A-18 Hornet training squadron
  • Season 1:
    • Kristanna Loken as Janine Kelly, Lt. Col. Kelly’s daughter.
    • Kathryn Morris as Lieutenant Annalisa “Stinger” Lindstrom, UH-1 helicopter aviator.
    • Rodney Rowland as Lieutenant Bobby “Chaser” Griffin, F/A-18 Hornet aviator.
    • Rodney Van Johnson as Lieutenant Wendell “Cipher” McCray, Force Recon.
    • Salvator Xuereb as Lieutenant A.J. “Buddha” Conaway, demolitions expert.
    • Brynn Thayer as Colonel Rebecca Hodges, LtCol. Kelly’s superior officer.
  • Season 2:
    • Bobby Hosea as Major MacArthur “Hammer” Lewis, Jr., executive officer (XO) of VMFAT-107; F/A-18 Hornet instructor pilot.
    • Michael Trucco as Lieutenant Tucker “Spoon” Henry III, F/A-18 Hornet student aviator.
    • Sandra Hess as Lieutenant Alexandra “Ice” Jensen, F/A-18 Hornet student aviator.
    • Kenny Johnson as Lieutenant Butch “Burner” Barnes, F/A-18 Hornet student aviator.
    • Barbara Niven as Kate Anderson, barkeep.
  • Season 3:
    • Kenny Johnson reprised his role from season 2.
    • Felicity Waterman as Captain Abigail “Mad Dog” Holley, a helicopter pilot on loan from the Royal Air Force and squadron’s boxing coach.
    • David Quane as Captain Edward “Capone” Terrelli, pilot of the AH-1W “Cobra” gunship, a former fighter pilot.

Trivia

  • Episodes were aired in several countries outside the US including Portugal, France, Sweden, South Africa, Finland, Estonia, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Australia and Sri Lanka.
  • Although set in Florida, it was largely filmed in San Diego particularly at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS Miiramar).
  • Cast members in season 2 were part of a squadron mimicking VMFAT-101, the F/A-18 instructor squadron based in Miramar.
  • Outdoor scenes were filmed in San Diego and MCAS Miramar while indoor scenes were filmed at Stu Segall Studios in San Diego.
  • There was a complete cast change from season 1 to season 2 with no explanation given.
    • The last episode ended on a cliffhanger and no mention of season 1 or its characters was given in further seasons.
  • Every time a pilot was exiting a jet or plane, the hull would read “LTCOL M. C. ALBO” with the call-sign “DOGFOOD” underneath.

Pensacola: Wings of Gold Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Peter Ellis … (10 episodes, 1997-1999).
    • James Brolin … (10 episodes, 1998-2000).
    • Sidney J. Furie … (8 episodes, 1998-2000).
    • Charles Siebert … (5 episodes, 1997-1999).
    • Stewart Raffill … (4 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Bill Corcoran … (3 episodes, 1998-1999).
    • Ronald Víctor García … (2 episodes, 1998).
    • Tom Jewett … (2 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Gus Trikonis … (2 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Carl Weathers … (2 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Ray Austin … (1 episode, 1997).
    • Richard Compton … (1 episode, 1997).
    • James A. Contner … (1 episode, 1997).
    • Anthony Hickox … (1 episode, 1997).
    • Jim Johnston … (1 episode, 1997).
    • Terrence O’Hara … (1 episode, 1997).
    • Jack Sholder … (1 episode, 1997).
    • James Whitmore Jr. … (1 episode, 1997).
    • Tom DeSimone … (1 episode, 1998).
    • Vern Gillum … (1 episode, 1998).
    • Vincent McEveety … (1 episode, 1998).
    • Jeff Woolnough … (1 episode, 1998).
    • Bruce Bilson … (1 episode, 1999).
    • Corey Michael Eubanks … (1 episode, 1999).
    • Michael Levine … (1 episode, 1999).
    • George Mendeluk … (1 episode, 1999).
    • Scott Lautanen … (1 episode, 2000).
    • Michael Trucco … (1 episode, 2000).
  • Producer(s):
    • Jerry Broeckert … co-producer (64 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • James Brolin … executive producer (64 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • Stu Segall … executive producer (64 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • Philip von Alvensleben … consulting producer (64 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • Jeff Wald … producer (64 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • Terence J. Edwards … line producer (63 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • Scott Levitta … co-producer (52 episodes, 1998-2000).
    • Elliot Stern … supervising producer / co-executive producer (23 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • William Blinn … executive producer (22 episodes, 1997-1998).
    • Morgan Gendel … supervising producer / co-executive producer (22 episodes, 1997-1998).
    • Nan Hagan … producer (22 episodes, 1997-1998).
    • Gary S. Hall … associate producer (22 episodes, 1997-1998).
    • Jeff Wachtel … executive producer (22 episodes, 1997-1998).
    • David H. Balkan … executive producer (22 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Darrell Fetty … producer (22 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Richard Maxwell … producer (22 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Shannon Tetreault … associate producer (22 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Laurence Frank … producer (21 episodes, 1998-1999).
    • Raymond Hartung … supervising producer (20 episodes, 1998-1999).
    • Robb Idels … associate producer (20 episodes, 1998-1999).
    • Jacqueline Zambrano … executive producer (20 episodes, 1998-1999).
    • Perry Husman … producer (2 episodes, 1997-1999).
    • John Blizek … series editor (1 episode, 1999).
  • Writer(s):
    • William Blinn … (creator and writer) (64 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • Jacqueline Zambrano … (developed by and writer) (42 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • Jim Macak … (staff writer) (15 episodes, 1997-1999).
    • Raymond Hartung … (written by) (5 episodes, 1998-1999).
    • Morgan Gendel … (written by) (4 episodes, 1997-1998).
    • Laurence Frank … (writer) (4 episodes, 1998-1999).
    • Darrell Fetty … (written by) (4 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Elliot Stern … (written by) (4 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Nan Hagan … (written by) (3 episodes, 1997-1998).
    • Robert Gandt … (written by and teleplay) (3 episodes, 1998-1999).
    • Harold Apter … (written by) (3 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Richard Maxwell … (written by) (3 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Jodie Lewis … (written by) (2 episodes, 1997-1998).
    • Patricia Rust … (written by) (2 episodes, 1997-1998).
    • Chip Proser … (written by) (2 episodes, 1998).
    • David H. Balkan … (written by) (2 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Burt Prelutsky … (written by) (2 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Jerry Broeckert … (story) (2 episodes, 1999).
    • Gallatin Warfield … (written by) (2 episodes, 2000).
    • Christopher Beaumont … (written by) (1 episode, 1997).
    • Eric Estrin … (written by) (1 episode, 1997).
    • Susan Hamilton Brin … (written by) (1 episode, 1997).
    • Kristy Dobkin … (written by) (1 episode, 1998).
    • Joe Gannon … (written by) (1 episode, 1998).
    • Babs Greyhosky … (written by) (1 episode, 1998).
    • Gary S. Hall … (written by) (1 episode, 1998).
    • Jeff Wachtel … (written by) (1 episode, 1998).
    • William T. Conway … (written by) (1 episode, 1999).
    • Janna King … (written by) (1 episode, 1999).
    • David Newman … (written by) (1 episode, 1999).
    • Barry M. Schkolnick … (written by) (1 episode, 1999).
  • Music:
    • Four M. Twelve … (20 episodes, 1998-1999).
    • John R. Graham … (14 episodes, 1997-1998).
    • Deddy Tzur … (11 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Jonathan Elias … (9 episodes, 1999).
    • Jimmy Haun … (9 episodes, 1999).
    • John Nordstrom … (8 episodes, 1997).
    • David E. Kole … (2 episodes, 1999).
  • Cinematography:
    • Tom Jewett … (62 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • Anthony Anderson … (3 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Michael K. Bucher … (1 episode, 1998).
  • Editor(s):
    • John A. Barton … (26 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • John Blizek … (24 episodes, 1997-2000).
    • Shawn Paper … (6 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Skip Spiro … (4 episodes, 1998-1999).
    • Richard Leeman … (4 episodes, 1999).
    • Ken Bornstein … (2 episodes, 1997).
    • Tom Nelson … (1 episode, 1998).
    • Mark Gerstein … (1 episode, 1999).
  • Production:
    • Partner Stations Network.
    • Dauphine Productions.
    • Stu Segall Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Eyemark Entertainment (all media).
    • King World Productions (2000-) (all media).
    • Koch Media (2011) (Germany) (DVD) (season one).
    • Saeta TV Canal 10 (1998) (Uruguay) (TV).
  • Release Date:
    • Series 01: 15 September 1997 to 25 May 1998.
    • Series 02: 07 September 1998 to 20 May 1999.
    • Series 03: 11 September 1999 to 20 May 2000.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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