I took a little gamble on this show and ordered the region 1 DVD solely because it was a 70s cop show starring A-Team and Battlestar Gallactica star Dirk Benedict.
Two episodes in and I've not been disappointed so far, quite the opposite. This short-lived series was broadcast in the US between January and April 1974 and I have no idea (to date) if it was broadcast in the UK.
This is a bit like S.W.A.T if I'm honest, mixed with the 1974 vibe of Streets of San Francisco, Blue Thunder, The Rookies and partially Starsky & Hutch - the only difference being these guys are uniform cops flying over the city and each episode is just over 25 minutes long.
Nevertheless, despite short eps, the first two I've seen have been good stuff with a bit of minor character development and a tiny bit of banter between the two leads. Jim McMullan stars as Officer Don Burdick and Dirk Benedict stars as officer Gil Foley (the chopper pilot).
Well worth checking this out if you like 70s US cops shows!
I don't think it was ever replayed in the US. Shows that ran one season or less really never made it to syndication in the US, as they had too many other popular, long running 70s shows they could air throughout the 80s. Unless you caught it for those few months it originally aired, you'd never have seen it again.
Come to think of it, jno, when I was looking at old ITV listings at my local library from the late '70s and early '80s, I'm sure I saw Chopper One in some weekend listings from issues of The Lancashire Telegraph. Might have been anywhere between 1977 and 1981.
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"