One of the memories of my youth. Never forgotten about it. Some people, now so-called grown-ups, seeing the series again commented to me that they would not have fallen for it today. And then we were watching some scene that, of course, looks a little bit like that it is not real. I on the other hand figure that they are missing the point. I probably am very aware of the painstaking work that was put into series as this. I can enjoy it today as much as I did as a child, although with somewhat different eyes and realizations. I was too young to see the first run on television, but I did see the re-runs.
was a TV series produced by Gerry Anderson that originally ran
on British television from 30 september 1965 to 25 december
1966. Produced were 32 episodes lasting 50 min. each and 2 feature
films, ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ (released 12 december 1966 - poster)
& ‘Thunderbird 6’ (released 29 july 1968 - poster).
Thunderbirds opening theme (1:33)
Additional pictures of Thunderbirds you will find here
1 (30 sept '65 / 31 mrch '66)
Trapped in the Sky
Pit of Peril
City of Fire
The Mighty Atom
Vault of Death
Operation Crash Dive
Move and You're Dead
Brink of Disaster
The Perils of Penelope
Terror in New York City
End of the Road
A Day of Disaster
Edge of Impact
30 Minutes after Noon
The Man from M.I.5.
Danger at Ocean Deep
The Duchess Assignment
Attack of the Alligators
The Cham Cham
2 (2 oct '66 / 25 dec '66)
Path of Destruction
Alias Mr. Hackenbacker
Lord Parker's 'Oliday
Give or Take a Million
In the year 2065, Jeff Tracy(on the left), then a lunar
astronaut gives up his space carreer to take care of his five sons after
the passing away of his wife. His great skill as a construction engineer
has made him one of the richest men in the world. He finds that he must
use this fortune to benefit others. His answer is to create International
Rescue, a unique private emergency response service equipped with customed
designed vehicles and equipment that enable the
organization to react to any crisis whether it be in sea, air, land, or space.
Jeff's sons volunteer to operate as the field agents. All his time is
dedicated to the service of International Rescue. This he establishes
with the help of ‘Brains’ (on the right in the middle),
whom he discovered when he scoured the world to find a scientist who could
realise the project of the Thunderbird machines. Brains is a rather nervous
but brilliant scientist whose idea of a relaxing break is the study of
Trigonometry and Thermodynamics…..He's also known as Hiram Hackenbacker…but
no one knows his true identity.
Jeff's friend, Kyrano and his niece Tin Tin agree to be the support staff.
International Rescue also maintains an intelligence network with Lady
Penelope and her ex-con chauffeur, Parker as the chief agents in this
arm. The series depicts this team as they answer various calls for help
around and beyond the world while they prevent enemies like the Hood from
learning and exploiting their secrets.
International Rescue's reconnaissance aircraft.
Boasting an amazing top speed of 15,000 miles per hour, Thunderbird 1's
task is to be first on the scene of an incident, allowing pilot Scott
Tracy to quickly relay vital information to the rest of the team.
As pilot of Thunderbird 1, Yale and Oxford educated Scott is always first
on the scene of an incident, ready to assess the situation and set up
a local command control. Sash color: pale blue.
This gigantic transporter aircraft has a maximum speed of 5,000 miles
per hour. Its purpose is to deliver specialized equipment to the scene
of a disaster.
Expert pianist Virgil pilots Thunderbird 2, delivering the heavy equipment
needed to tackle any emergency. Sash color: pale yellow.
Alan Tracy pilots Thunderbird 3 to tackle rescues in space and also to
service Thunderbird 5.
Youngest of the Tracy brothers, Alan is the astronaut with primary responsibility
for Thunderbird 3. He also shares duty on Thunderbird 5. Sash color: off-white.
This one man submarine is carried in Thunderbird 2's Pod 4. With Gordon
Tracy at the helm, it is deployed directly into the ocean to perform underwater
Former World Aquanaut Security Patrol member Gordon is the joker of the
family. As a past Olympic swimming champion, he is ideally suited to commanding
Thunderbird 4. Sash color: orange.
5 Orbiting space station
Thunderbird 5 is the key to International Rescue's communications. On
board, John Tracy is often first to alert the island base of an impending
An accomplished astronomer, John spends much of his time as space monitor
aboard Thunderbird 5. Sash color: lilac.
Carried in a pod aboard Thunderbird 2, the Mole is used to tunnel underground
to assist in subterranean rescue missions.
Firefirghting equipment carried in Thunderbird 2.
The Domo is seen here supporting a collapsing wall while Virgil tunnels
into the basement in the Mole.
Arch-villain of the world, the Hood operates from a strange temple deep
in the Malaysian jungle. From there he plots to steal the secrets of the
Faithful friend and manservant to Jeff Tracy, Kyrano is coincidentally
half-brother to the Hood, who wields an uncanny and unnatural power over
Daughter of Kyrano, Tin Tin joined International Rescue after completing
her education in Europe. Alan Tracy is never far from her side, except
when he's in space.
The Intelligence Network of The International Rescue
Aloysius Parker was recruited by Lady Penelope as her assistant, butler
and chauffeur. He also made a slight career change. Previously a singularly
skilled safe-cracker (known in the underworld as ‘Nosey’), his skills
are now entirely at the service of Lady Penelope's noble espionage activities.
Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward
British agent for International Rescue, Lady Penelope operates from her
stately home in England. Though she was the daughter of Sir Hugh Creighton-Ward
and destined for a life of sophisticated leisure, she opted instead for
the career of Secret Agent and soon became a central figure in the daring
escapades of International Rescue.
Beneath the gleaming bodywork of Lady Penelope's pink Rolls-Royce lies
a car loaded with high-tech gadgets and weaponry. With Parker at the wheel,
there's no escape!