On Sunday, July 8, Aerospace lost one of its most revered members.
At the age of 95, Ernest Borgnine died of kidney failure while surrounded by his loved ones. The press has been highlighting his career and some of his notable achievements, but perhaps his biggest contribution had gone unnoticed. . .
Mr. Borgnine role as Dominic Santini in the TV show “Airwolf”.
And this is NO joke! If you haven’t had the pleasure thus far, you should really give the show a chance. It had solid plots on dark subject matters like political assassinations or the role of sophisticated technology on the battlefield. . . And they blew crap up every episode! The dark complicated plot lines that could stretch across an entire season were something not seen on TV at that time, and many considered the non-formulaic episodes of the early seasons to be ground breaking in terms of scope and maturity.
As Dominic Santini, Mr. Borgnine played a central role in the show as the flight mechanic and mentor to the show shows central character. (Whose name was so regrettable it will go unmentioned here). While he often was part of the humorous or lighter part of the show, he was never the punch line, and could play grim as well as any other.
I remember clearly every Saturday night running inside at 7 to watch this show. The fast action and the idea that the helicopter was as much a character left imprints on me. I can easily say that Airwolf and Mr. Borgnine helped push my towards the path of becoming an aerospace engineer and may not have gone that direction at all without their influence. While my praise goes out to the web, my condolences go to his family and friends. As a accomplished actor and as a human being he will be missed.
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