Remembering Jack Lord

Transportation Seen on Hawaii Five-0

Street Transportation Seen on Hawaii Five-0

Many interesting forms of street transportation were seen on Hawaii Five-0, from pedicabs and TheBus to the detectives’ Ford sedans. Perhaps, one day, we will have a chart listing the episodes where each can be seen. For now, however, consult this compendium of bikes, cars, and even an ice cream truck:  Most come from the early seasons, but they are an interesting collection.

Aircraft Seen on Hawaii Five-0

The very first Lockheed C-141 StarLifter (Lockheed No. 12775; Air Force No. 61-2775) is seen on its maiden flight, December 17, 1963.

Photograph provided by and used courtesy of Lockheed Georgia Corporation

Whenever Jonathan Kaye flew out to the Islands, he arrived aboard a C-141 StarLifter. When he arrived in "Cocoon" (Pilot), which was filmed in December 1967, the StarLifter had been in service for only eighteen months (June 1965). She made her maiden flight on December 17, 1963, which was the 60th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first successful flight. In the photograph above, we see the first StarLifter (tail number 12775) on her maiden flight. She flew without mishap for 43 years until she was retired with the rest of the C-141 fleet in 2006. Today, she stands on display at the Air Museum at Dover AFB Delaware.

For a comprehensive list of aircraft seen on Hawaii Five-0, consult the Internet Movie Plan Database (IMPDb): The IMPDb goes beyond simply stating the make and model to include the variation of the make and model. For example, the helicopter seen in “Full Fathom Five” isn’t just cited as a Bell 47, but a Bell 47G. Furthermore, they cross reference to other episodes in which each aircraft was seen and tell whether the aircraft identification number is actual or made up for the show.

In the photograph above, a Sikorsky HH-52 helicopter sets down on a Coast Guard ship in 1964.  

USCG via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

The Sikorsky HH-52 helicopter was seen often on Hawaii Five-0. It took up the search for the downed plane carrying McGarrett and Charley Bombay in "McGarrett is Missing."  It helped USCGC Cape Corwin locate the abandoned schooner in "Charter for Death."  It chased down the Seaflight hydrofoil Kamehameha and enabled Danno to use a percussion charge to stop it in its tracks in "Murder - Eyes Only."   Its job was law enforcement/search-and-rescue, and it served well from 1961 until the late-1980s.  

The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum has a nice page about the HH-52:   

hips Seen on Hawaii Five-0
USS Whipple (FF-1062) and USS Ouellet (FF-1077) moored at Midway in 1972  
Photograph provided by and used courtesy of the USS Ouellet Association

Both the USS Whipple and the USS Ouellet appeared in two episodes of Hawaii Five-0: "Follow the White Brick Road" (Season 4) and "Murder - Eyes Only" (Season 8). 

At the time "Follow the White Brick Road" was filmed, the USS Whipple was brand new and was scheduled to go out on sea trials. When she was called to duty, the USS Ouellet took over for filming Five-0. According to a member of the USS Ouellet Association, the sailors aboard the USS Whipple were none too happy to have had their ship's celebrity cut short. 

In "Murder - Eyes Only," McGarrett was seen boarding the Ouellet, although he went out to sea aboard the USS Knox (FF-1052) before he crossed the highline to the USS Cochrane (DDG-21). The Whipple is seen moored as the Knox leaves the harbor.

The USS Knox (DE/FF-1052) is seen offshore from Diamond Head 

Photograph provided by and used courtesy of the Knox Reunion Association

Here is a list of some of the ships seen on Hawaii Five-0. If you know of more, please let me know.

The USCGC Cape Corwin (95326) is seen making waves as it heads out to sea.

While most of the Cape-class cutters have been retired, Cape Corwin remains in service today with the Micronesian 

Coast Guard. Now, her name is Constitution.  It seems a fitting name for such a strong ship.

Photograph provided by and used courtesy of the US Coast Guard.