Gabrielle Sanders, Director of Public Affairs Samstag, 24. August 2019 von Gabrielle Sanders, Director of Public Affairs

A56-7W

Mock-Up

It's been a long time since our prototype project Proteus version A56-7W was lost in the 1980s.

At least the mock-up has been preserved and is now living its life in one of our hangars - well protected. However, one of our agents wanted to keep this piece of history for as long as possible and started to restore the mock-up.

You can follow his work on this >website<.

Gabrielle Sanders, Director of Public Affairs Samstag, 24. August 2019 von Gabrielle Sanders, Director of Public Affairs

A56-7W

Door Lock Code

One of the NOA's trainees chose the file "A56-7W", the stealth helicopter that got lost in the 1980s, for his exam and just deciphered the code to the security system of A56-7W's doors.

Our ally "Electronic Evolutions" from Germany provided him with an old audio file that could be used to listen to the sound of that code. (Please note: it´s a German audio file)

Here is the code:

(7)-7-2-3-4

After pressing the numbers on the door handle, A56-7W would have played the sound for each number, including the first note 2 times, as an audio signal to the pilot the code was accepted by the on-board computer system.

Gabrielle Sanders, Director of Public Affairs Sonntag, 4. August 2019 von Gabrielle Sanders, Director of Public Affairs

A56-7W

The Real Color

There are many myths about the true color of A56-7W and its cover-up from Hollywood, called "Airwolf".

Some say, both were painted in black and white, some say they were painted in DuPont Imron 5031X or DuPont Imron 5031K and white, or just "Phantom Grey Metallic".

Fact is, the mysterious color had a large amount of metallic particles in it and a glossy coat. Even slightly different lighting conditions changed the color of the stealth helicopter and Airwolf - from almost black to greenish, in some shots brownish or even with a tint of copper. But not only did the color change under different lighting conditions, it was also pictured different, due to the equipment in the 1980s.

So, who should know it better than the original co-designer of the Hollywood-helicopter? That’s why I asked him.

Andrew Probert’s answer to the question regarding Airwolf's true color, which was the same like our helicopter:

“The actual color of AirWolf was “Toyota Green”, from the year it premiered. One of the few facts that stuck in my head because it seemed so weird,… but that was it. The low color (I think) was white. ... The late Art Director, Chuck Davis, chose the color - but never told me why. I’m now thinking (looking at these shots) that maybe that bottom color is a light grey after all.“

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Peter McKernan Sr., owner of Jetcopters, who worked on the TV-show "Airwolf" stated in an interview, that he was surprised when he saw the helicopter for the first time, because of the greenish color.

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Our agent is researching the color since early 2018 and he found pics of Toyota cars from the early 1980s as an example of the color "Toyota Green". But his researches aren't done with this information. He found a color, which is still available, and has the ability to change the color range like Airwolf’s color (very confusing for the eyes, because it can change the color within seconds).

But that newly found color has to undergo some more tests and to be verified, yet.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: 24. August 2019

The first test series were successful.

Gabrielle Sanders, Director of Public Affairs Sonntag, 4. August 2019 von Gabrielle Sanders, Director of Public Affairs

A56-7W

Dosimeter Badge

When A56-7W was completed in 1983, it included a medical device (see that fan-made manual, if you own one) attached to the upper left side of the special flight suit. It recorded the vital signs of the crew and sent it to the monitoring system of A56-7W (panel 13 D in the manual, panel 30 in the new manual).

A prototype version of a WPAN system transmitted the data directly to the on-board computers. In case of medical issues of the pilot, the autopilot took over control. The middle part (screen) acted as a passive radiation warning sign and changed its color (glowing greenish) when radiation was detected. A56-7W would have done some countermeasures, like cleaning the air of the crew cabin.

Andrew Probert - the designer of A56-7W and the flight suits, told us this is - in fact - a medical device. No radiation was mentioned.

Please note that the design of this badge changed during the seasons of the TV series, unlike our badge!

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