VIDEO: ‘Magnum’ chopper returns to Oahu skies

Jul. 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

VIDEO BY MIKE GORDON / mgordon@staradvertiser.com

With its orange, yellow and brown diagonal stripes, the MD 500D on the Paradise Helicopters helipad at Turtle Bay Resort is an homage to the 1980s Hawaii-based television series, “Magnum, P.I.”

One of the most recognizable helicopters in TV history, the “Magnum” MD 500D inspired a generation of pilots and mechanics, who fell in love with its nimble flying abilities. It was a symbol of the CBS series for eight seasons, along with the red Ferrari driven by the show’s star, Tom Selleck. The actors even considered it a character.

Now, cue that familiar theme song. In the last four months, two separately owned “Magnum” replicas — one flown by Paradise Helicopters, the other by Makani Kai Helicopters — have given Oahu skies a retro feel.

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