|Equipment & Vehicles|
|Type:||High-Speed Reconnaissance Craft|
|Main Operator:||Scott Tracy|
|Appearances:||List of Appearances|
Thunderbird 1 is International Rescue's rapid response vehicle. It is usually the first to arrive at the danger zone and is piloted by Scott Tracy, although it can be piloted by his younger brother Alan.
Diameter: 12 feet
Engines: 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 in flight; 1 vertical take-off variable-mode engine operating as a rocket or variable-cycle gas turbine hover jet; pitch and yaw jets: 20 forward and 25 rear
Length: 115 feet
Maximum altitude attained: 150,000 feet
Maximum speed: 15,000 mph
Power source: atomic fusion reactor
Weight: 140 tons
Wingspan: 80 feet
Thunderbird 1 is mainly controlled with four flight levers - two control steering and altitude, while the other two control engine throttle. The cockpit also has two viewing hatches - one on the left and right of the control seat.
4 variable-cycle gas turbine engines
4 booster rockets
1 variable-mode engine operating as a high-performance sustainer rocket for launch or boost or 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
Pitch and yaw jets: 20 forward and 25 rear
The wingspan is debated to be between 24 and 35 meters.
Thunderbird 1 has a wide variety of gadgets at its disposal, including an Automatic Camera Detector, which can tell Scott immediately when someone is photographing the ship. It also has an electromagnetic beam used to wipe a forbidden photo or video of the ship.
In Atlantic Inferno it was piloted by Alan as Scott was in charge of International Rescue while Jeff was on holiday, the organisation reasoning that the decision made sense as the two ships were rarely used on the same assignment.
Cockpit underside-mounted International Engineering Ltd TBM6 20mm swivel machine cannon
Thunderbird 1's RefitEdit
From time to time, Thunderbird 1 underwent minor changes to its design.
- Graham Bleathman, in his book FAB Cross Sections, claimed that the landing gear was interchangeable between skis and wheels.
- Main article: Thunderbird 1/Launch Sequence
The Perils of PenelopeEdit
- Main article: Thunderbird 1/Missions
- The large air purifier air intake on the wall to the right of Thunderbird 1's launch pad is in fact a lemon squeezer.