Use and AdaptionsEdit
Pod 4 is specially designed to carry Thunderbird 4, and is modified accordingly.
Pod 4 is able to float on the sea (or any other body of water, for that matter). It's also fitted with a slide to deploy Thunderbird 4; the door opens downwards, the slide slides out on rollers, and Thunderbird 4 is launched. For the Thunderbird 4 missions in Desperate Intruder and Atlantic Inferno the launching slides in Pod 4 had different designs then the common design.
The Haynes Thunderbirds Manual says that the slide is fitted with an electromagnetic slider, which is to be used in retrieval of Thunderbird 4, sliding it back up the slide into Pod 4.
Like the other five Pods, Pod 4 is left in the danger zone until the mission is over. Pod 4 also carried a Sealing Device linked to Thunderbird 4 for extinguishing natural gas fire jets for the first mission in Atlantic Inferno.
- Throughout the course of the show and in its films, there's no footage of Pod 4 being picked up post-mission.
- For the rescues in Operation Crash-Dive, The Mighty Atom, Day Of Disaster, and Atlantic Inferno Pod 4 is dropped from Thunderbird 2 into the water. However for the rescues in Desperate Intruder and Attack of the Alligators!, Thunderbird 2 gently unloads Pod 4 on shore, as with the other 5 pods. For the rescue in The Man From MI.5, Thunderbird 2 gently unloads Pod 4 on the water.
- In Attack of the Alligators!, Thunderbird 4 is flown out in Pod 6.