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S4 E8

Production 45114
Original Airdate: November 21, 1976
Steve launches a missile.
Produced by
Lionel E. Siegel
Written by
Ben Masselink
Directed by
Cliff Bole
Guest Cast
Guest Star(s)
Henry Darrow as Byron Falco
Barbara Luna as Leslie Morales
Bernie Kopell as Agent Pete Marteen
Zitto Kazann as Raul
Dallas Mitchell as Major Reynolds
Joe Haworth as Air Policeman
Broadcast Order
Season 4
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Pilot Leslie Morales has come to the U.S. from the country of San Lorenzo with wealthy sportsman Byron Falco — who plans to seize San Lorenzo with America's unwilling help. After Leslie has dropped a certain number of homing devices on vital targets, Falco will threaten to blow up American power plants unless the U.S. furnishes him with military jets he would use to take over his homeland.


  • According to director's commentary by Cliff Bole on the DVD for this episode, Lee Majors was needed for an outside appearance by the network or studio and so the character of Agent Marteen was brought in to shoulder some of the load on the tight shooting schedule.
  • Also, according to Bole's commentary, the entire episode was based around a preexisting documentary of sail planes. Anytime you see the planes in flight is from the documentary. The planes on the ground and for closeups are actually different planes loaned by private owners.
  • The plane runway scenes were filmed in the Lucerne Valley, California.[citation needed]
  • The boy who gets his feet tangled in the tow rope is Reid Rondell who would later have a tragic death in a helicopter crash as a stuntman working on the show Airwolf in 1985.[citation needed]
  • The scene where Steve is looking for evidence and makes two bionics jumps is shot at Vasquez Rocks, a frequent shooting location for many TV series and films.
  • The gold Ford US Agent Marteen uses is later used by the East Germans to shuttle Rau to the carnival site in "Carnival of Spies." It is distinctive because of the large dent in the driver's side rear door.