"This I must see. International Rescue, you are cleared to land. Use runway Two-Nine."

Commander Norman is the director of London International Airport. He has been present for several rescue operations carried out by International Rescue, including their very first (Trapped in the Sky).

Operation Crash-DiveEdit

Commander Norman was in the control tower of London International Airport for the launch of Fireflash 3, destined for San Francisco. When radio contact with its Pilot was lost, Norman launched a major air-sea search effort, "Operation Seahawk" - but nothing of the missing airliner was ever found.

Before the test-flight of Fireflash 4, Norman held a briefing with the crew and other guests (unlike its ill-fated predecessor, FF4 would carry only a two-man cockpit crew).

Edge Of ImpactEdit


Commander Norman was assigned to the "World Space Control Project" in order to assist Colonel Tim Casey in the Red Arrow aircraft trials. (The Central Control is based in the control tower at London and overlooks the Military side of the Airport.)

Alias Mr HackenbackerEdit

Commander Norman was present, along with Captain Saville and members of the press, at the test flight of Skythrust - a revolutionary new airliner, designed by Brains. The demonstration was witnessed from the roof of Building 67.

Captain Saville's OfficeEdit

After the Skythrust demonstration, Captain Saville tells Commander Norman that "the plane is ready to go into service," and Norman agrees that the test "was most satisfactory." They both pass their congratulations along to Mr Hackenbacker, the craft's designer.

London TowerEdit

Commander Norman - with guests Mr Hackenbacker and Tin-Tin - awaits Skythrust's unexpected return to London, for an emergency landing.


  • Norman makes a cameo appearance in the film Thunderbirds Are Go, where he appears to have been promoted to the Space Exploration Board. He can be seen sitting to the right of Space Colonel Harris at the Space Exploration Center meeting.
  • Norman's facial features look as though they were based on the late actor and novelist, David Niven.

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