"Thunderbirds are GO!"
Without a doubt the pinnacle of all the Supermarionation series, Thunderbirds strikes the perfect balance between the characterisation of its large central cast and the excitement of its fabulous array of machinery and ambitious special effects. Devised after hearing of a German mine disaster and the ensuing rescue efforts, Thunderbirds went on to become the most popular and enduring series and spawned a merchandising empire, the like of which was unrivalled in the 1960s. Decades after its original broadcast and children still struggled to purchase Tracy Island for demand was so great, and its success has led to numerous successful revivals and remakes and also two Supermarionation feature films in 1966 and 1968, respectively. Having built on the progress made in all the series before, Thunderbirds provided a scale unlike its predecessors and ventured across the globe and into the far reaches of space, and yet could provide spy stories, love stories, endless action, espionage, and comedies about elderly women with gambling addictions or exploding dog food. But above all Thunderbirds provides a sense of being able to use exciting new technology for the good of mankind.
Presented here is the original Thunderbirds information sheet issued by the studio containing details about the characters and the craft. Where the information here conflicts with on-screen information a note in italics has been added.
THUNDERBIRDS INFORMATION SHEET
Colour - Grey with blue and red markings
Length - 115 feet
Speed - 15,000 miles per hour
Pilot - Scott Tracy
Colour - Green with red markings
Length - 250 feet
Speed - 5,000 miles per hour
Pilot - Virgil Tracy
Colour - Red with black markings
Length - 200 feet (stated to be 287 feet in Give of Take a Million)
Pilot - Alan Tracy
Colour - Yellow with red markings
Length - 30 feet
Pilot - Gordon Tracy
Colour - Beige with gold markings (The craft is grey in the series)
Controlled by John Tracy
Lonely Island somewhere in the Pacific.
Multi-millionaire, one of the first men on the moon. Age - 56.
Pilot of Thunderbird 4. Named after Leroy Gordon Cooper.
Pilot of Thunderbird 1. Named after Malcolm Scott Carpenter.
Age - 30.
Pilot of Thunderbird 3. Named after Alan B. Shepard Jnr.
Age - 19.
Pilot of Thunderbird 2. Named after Virgil Ivan Grissom.
Age - 27.
British agent and ally of the Tracy's.
Age - 26.
Controller of the Space Station. Named after John Herschel Glenn Jnr.
Age - 25.
Ex safe breaker, perfect butler and chauffeur to Lady Penelope.
Age - 52.
Faithful servant of the Tracy family. Birth certificate lost in Malaya and therefore age not known.
Kyrano's daughter and assistant to Brains.
Age - 22.
Genius behind International Rescue's machines.
Age - 25.
Half brother of Kyrano and arch villain of the series. Named the Hood because he dons many disguises.
This is the only information permissible on the highly
secretive organisation - INTERNATIONAL RESCUE.
PRODUCER / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / PRODUCER
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
CHARACTER VISUALISATION / CHARACTERS CREATED BY
SPECIAL EFFECTS LIGHTING / SPECIAL EFFECTS LIGHTING CAMERAMAN
ART DIRECTOR / SUPERVISING ART DIRECTOR
SPECIAL EFFECTS DIRECTOR / SUPERVISING SPECIAL EFFECTS DIRECTOR
Gerry and SylviaAnderson
MUSIC COMPOSED AND DIRECTED BY
SPECIAL EFFECTS DIRECTOR
ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR / ART DIRECTOR
SECOND ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR
SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR
SPECIAL EFFECTS 2ND UNIT
SPECIAL EFFECTS ASSISTANT
SPECIAL EFFECTS DESIGNER
Arthur ‘Wag’ Evans
Filmed in Videcolor and Supermarionation.
An APF Television Production in association with ATV.
Westrex Sound System. An ITC World Wide Distribution.