1 9 8 4 – 1 9 8 5 (USA)
22 x 60 minute episodes
This period drama series first screened on ABC on 13 August 1984. It told the story of Raynor Sarnac (Craig T. Nelson), a US Air Force colonel commanding a group of pilots with the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing during the bleak days of the Cold War in the early 1960s.
He also faced turmoil at home from his worried wife Vanessa (Cindy Pickett) and his three growing children: 15-year-old Jackie (Elisabeth Shue) who was dating a somewhat confused young man called Patrick (Thomas O’Brien); fun-loving 14-year-old Wesley (David Hollander) and 8-year-old RH (David Hollander).
They all felt the pressure of military life, with its danger and constant relocation.
Carl (Keenan Wynn) was the colonel’s walrus-moustached dad, who offered sage advice about duty to family and country.
Bits of 1960s songs, vintage newsreels and references to such issues of the day as air raid drills and the Civil Rights movement helped give the series an authentic period flavour.
The series was originally set at the Loughlin Air Force Base in Texas but later changed to Edwards Air Force Base in California when Raynor received a transfer and became a commandant of a test pilot school.
Col. Raynor Sarnac
Craig T. Nelson
Airman Tom Bonelli
David Lain Baker