Thunderbirds is a British science fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. It was made between 1964 and 1966 using a form of electronic marionette puppetry (dubbed "Supermarionation") combined with scale model special effects sequences. Two series, totalling thirty-two 50-minute episodes, were filmed.
Set between 2065 and 2067, Thunderbirds follows the exploits of the Tracy family, headed by American industrialist and ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy. Jeff is a widower with five adult sons: Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon and Alan. The Tracys make up International Rescue, a secret organisation founded to save human life. They are aided in this mission by technologically-advanced land, sea, air and space vehicles that are called into service when conventional rescue methods prove ineffective. The most important of these vehicles are the five "Thunderbird machines", each assigned to one of the five Tracy brothers:
Thunderbird 1: a blue and silver hypersonic rocket plane used for fast response and danger zone reconnaissance. Piloted by Scott, rescue co-ordinator.
Thunderbird 2: a green supersonic carrier aircraft that transports supporting rescue vehicles and equipment in detachable capsules called "pods". Piloted by Virgil.
Thunderbird 3: a red single-stage-to-orbit spacecraft. Piloted alternately by Alan and John, with Scott as co-pilot.
Thunderbird 4: a utility yellow submersible. Piloted by Gordon and usually launched from Thunderbird 2.
Thunderbird 5: a grey and gold space station that relays distress calls from around the world. Manned alternately by "space monitors" John and Alan.
The family live on Tracy Island, International Rescue's base of operations in the South Pacific Ocean, in a luxurious villa that they share with four others: Jeff's mother, Grandma Tracy; the bespectacled scientist and engineer Brains, who designed the Thunderbirds machines; Brains' assistant Tin-Tin, who is also Alan's girlfriend; and Tin-Tin's father Kyrano, the Tracys' retainer. In this remote location, International Rescue is safe from criminals and spies who envy its technology and aim to acquire the secrets of the Thunderbird machines.
For missions requiring espionage, the organisation incorporates a network of undercover agents headed by English aristocrat Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward and her butler Aloysius Parker. Based at Creighton-Ward Mansion in Kent, Penelope and Parker travel in FAB 1, a specially-modified Rolls-Royce.
International Rescue's most persistent opponent is master criminal the Hood Based in a temple in the Malaysian jungle and possessing powers of hypnosis and dark magic, the Hood exerts a telepathic control over Kyrano, his estranged half-brother, and manipulates the Tracys into rescues that unfold according to his own malevolent designs. This gives him opportunities to spy on the Thunderbird machines and, by selling their secrets, make himself rich.
|Thunderbird 1||Thunderbird 2||Thunderbird 3||Thunderbird 4||Thunderbird 5|
|Scott Tracy||Virgil Tracy||Alan Tracy||Gordon Tracy||John Tracy|
|Jeff Tracy||Brains||Lady Penelope||Parker||The Hood|
|FAB 1||Pod Vehicles for Thunderbird 2, Mole, Firefly & Recovery||Hoverbikes - Attack of the Alligators||The Hood's Submarine - Desperate Intruder||The Firefly - City of Fire|
|The Mole - Pit of Peril|
|Matchbox; Thunderbirds are Go, Radio Times Set||FEVA: Thunderbirds Set, 1, 3 & 5||Corgi CC00901; Thunderbirds; Thunderbirds 1 & 3 Set||Matchbox Collectibles TB54321; Thunderbirds Are Go 4 Pce Set; Gold Plated||Matchbox TB-700. 27; Thunderbirds Rescue Pack; 5 Pce Set; Thunderbird: 1 2 3 & 4 w/ Fab1|
|Vivid Imaginations Ltd 58220; Thunderbirds Vehicles; 6 Vehicle Super Set|