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13 x 30 minute episodes
Timothy “Spud” Barrett (Tim Conway) was the clumsy, oafish, but well-meaning chief pilot for a small airline called Triple-A (“Anywhere, Anytime Airline”). He was the chief pilot primarily because he was also the only pilot.
Owner of the airline, and Spud’s boss and co-pilot, was cranky Herb Kenworth (Joe Flynn), who, despite being in the air charter business, was terrified of flying. A slogan on the wall of the shabby AAA offices read “We’re cheaper than a bus.”
Spud and Herb flew the “Lucky Linda” – a decrepit, pea-green 99 Beechcraft plane with the registration number N646CF. The pair were quite the bumblers, but all in all, were good pilots.
The airfield they operated from was owned by Mrs Crawford (Anne Seymour) who also ran her own more prosperous charter service – Crawford Airlines. Her weaselly son was Ronnie (Johnnie Collins III).
Fabian Dean played Harry at the never-crowded airport burger stand; and Becky, who worked at the airport (and on whom Spud had a crush), was played by Emily Banks.
The Tim Conway Show aired as a CBS mid-season replacement on Friday nights at 8 pm (with Conway and Flynn basically playing their same characters from McHale’s Navy) as the lead-in to the popular Hogan’s Heroes and opposite The Brady Bunch on ABC and The High Chaparral on NBC.
The show was scheduled erratically – After debuting in late January, it was off for the entire month of March, had only one airing in April, and then skipped a couple of weeks again in May and June of 1970.
Timothy “Spud” Barrett
Herbert T. Kenworth
Mrs KJ Crawford
Johnnie Collins III