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Thunderbird One

Thunderbird 1
Thunderbird 1

Here are the Canon Foundry facts about Thunderbird One, all taken from the International Rescue Thunderbirds Agents’ Technical Manual written by Sam Denham (2012):


Length: 115 feet

Wingspan: 80 feet

Diameter: 12 feet

Weight: 140 tons


Max Speed: 15,000 mph

Max Altitude: 150,000 feet

Range: Unlimited


Power source: Atomic fusion reactor


  • 4 variable-cycle gas turbine engines
  • 4 booster rockets
  • 1 variable-mode engine operating as a high-performance sustainer rocket for launch or boost as a variable-cycle gas turbine engine in flight
  • 1 vertical take-off variable-mode engine operating as a rocket or variable-cycle gas turbine hover jet

Other Information

  • Combination of a standard rocket-ship and swing-wing fighter plane
  • Top-secret new technology was developed by Brains to prevent stratospheric disintegration. This is called HALO (High Altitude Operating) system incorporation MIDAS (Molecular Interspatial Disturbance Anti-detection Shroud). This provides a distortional force field which acts as a protective barrier against external air pressure and is an effective radar-jamming cloak.
  • Gimbal-mounted pilot’s seat  is in the nose-cone section
  • Forward-mounted display screen provides inflight visual information
  • Observation ports on either side of the cabin can be shielded (closed) or unshielded (open)
  • Can land horizontally on any terrain with optional wheel or skid-mounted undercarriage
  • Can hold station in mid-air with the use of a hover-jet positioning system
  • Craft is equipped with a mobile inspection camera, sonar sounding equipment, a winch system, high-velocity spears, a magnetic grapple and a retractable destructor cannon (“Retracted International Engineering Ltd TBM6 20mm swivel machine cannon”).
  • A variety of field equipment, medical supplies and protective clothing is stored in control cabin lockers.
  • A storage bay in the rear fuselage houses a mobile control unit and a personal hover-jet
  • Fitted with two automatic camera detectors and a digital- and magnetic-wiping beam
  • There are bucket seats available beneath the pilot’s chair for additional passengers as required (appear to be two in the drawing on p. 45)
  • The pilot exit hatch is directly beneath the pilot’s chair on the underside of the craft if she is horizontal (p. 45 drawing)
  • The pilot climbs up to the exit hatch, and down from the exit hatch, via a ladder that retracts/lengthens when deployed.
  • There is a passenger cabin directly behind the cockpit bulkhead. It appears to only hold one passenger.
  • Passengers have a separate access ladder that functions the same as the pilot’s, but leads directly to the passenger cabin.
  • There is a bulkhead screen that moves around the center section of bulkhead, and also a passenger seat microphone, to allow for communication between pilot and passenger.
  • Red nose cone is heat-resistant and Cahelium-bonded

Information from the Thunderbirds Information Sheet:

Colour     –     Grey with blue and red markings
Length    –     115 feet
Speed     –     15,000 miles per hour
Pilot        –     Scott Tracy