Testing The SidewinderEditThe U.S. Army is testing a new path-clearing, mobile base called the Sidewinder
Into The PitEditA supervising Army helijethelicopter pulls the cable in an attempt to right the Sidewinder. Their efforts are in vain when the cable detaches itself before the Sidewinder is properly on its feet and falls back onto its side. Despairing, General Peters
comments that without heavy lifting gear it will be impossible to effect a rescue, which reminds Lieutenant Ralph of International Rescue. They radio a call for help which is picked up by Thunderbird 5.
Thunderbirds On Stand-ByEdit
In reality, International Rescue had been monitoring the situation since the disaster first occurred, but Jeff had not launched the Thunderbirds at the risk of intruding on a confidential mission. Instead, he has Scott in Thunderbird 1 and Virgil and Brains in Thunderbird 2 ready for immediate launch in case their help is needed. When John reports that a call for help has been received, Thunderbirds 1 and 2 launch and make their way to the danger zone.
Brains Devises A StrategyEdit
The General is growing quite impatient when Scott arrives and Thunderbird 1 and sets up Mobile Control. To further analyse the situation, he sends his Remote Camera into the pit and relays the video to Brains in Thunderbird 2, who realises that the Sidewinder has fallen into a landfill and devises a strategy for pulling it out. When Thunderbird 2 arrives, the Army helicopter lowers Virgil (wearing a fireproof suit) into the pit to lay charges that will blow away the rest of the soil crust. Scott then retrieves Virgil using the Mole.