Captain Jim Taylor of the US Air Force had been on a mission when his plane, designated USAF 01545, crashed on top of a steep butte in a barren and isolated desert region of central Asia. He was uninjured in the crash, but he was captured by the local authorities and held prisoner in a suspended makeshift wooden cage at the summit. MacGyver had been sent on a mission to disarm the highly classified missile that the plane had been carrying, and he rescued Taylor by lending him his Swiss Army knife to cut himself free, making a time delay fuse to create a diversion, fashioning a rocket launcher from a flare gun, and escaping off the cliff in tandem using a single parachute.

Portrayed by: Michael Johnson

Cross Reference: Mongolia

Episode Reference: Pilot