|Equipment & Vehicles|
|Type:||Heavy-Duty Equipment Transporter|
|Main Operator:||Virgil Tracy|
It is the transport vehicle for several smaller rescue vehicles held in pods, although its capacity for heavy lifting makes it useful in its own right during many rescues.
Thunderbird 2 is comprised of two parts: a framed superstructure and a pod. Thunderbird 2's frame incorporates the cockpit, wings, and fuel tank near the vehicle's front, and at the rear the engines and the spoiler, which serves to aid lift and stability. Two stilts are located each at the front and back of the craft to hydraulically lift the craft upward, allowing for the clearing of the pod. Its middle is hollow, to fully accommodate one of the six (total) pods that is required for the mission. Each pod is equipped with undercarriage for a smooth landing for the ship, and contains a huge capacity for storing the rescue vehicle that is needed. The craft is, however, completely capable of vertical takeoff and landing without the pod, but has less integrity this way.
Cruising Speed: 2,000 mph
Height (without pod lowered): 60 feet
Height (with pod lowered): 110 feet
Length: 250 feet
Maximum Operating Altitude: 100,000 feet
Maximum Payload: 100 tons
Maximum Speed: initially 5,000 mph; later increased to 12,000 mph
Power Source: Atomic fusion reactor
Weight: 406 tons
Wingspan: 180 feet
- Main article: Thunderbird 2 - Launch Sequence
- Main article: Pod machines
Equipment / GadgetsEdit
- Main article: Equipment Deck - Thunderbird 2
- Four observation cameras; two port side and two starboard side
Thunderbird 2 has made an appearance in all but one episode (The Impostors), even appearing extensively in both feature films.
Its main use in the series is to transport the specialized equipment required to effect a rescue to the danger zone. It often plays a more direct role in rescues due to its heavy lifting capacity and great versatility.
Thunderbird 2's MissionsEdit
- Main article: Thunderbird 2's Missions
- Little known fact: Electromagnetic Pod Grabs are stored in Pod 2.
- Thunderbird 2's extendable legs are in different positions when on a mission than when in its hangar. If they were in the "mission" position in the hangar, they would be too close together to allow the pods to pass below the aircraft.
- The font of the word "Thunderbird 2" written on the side of the front section often changes dramatically between shots. This is most noticeable during the launch sequence: when Thunderbird 2 leaves the ramp, the "2" is the same size as the word "Thunderbird" (both are barely legible); in the very next shot, the "2" has grown to double its original size and dwarfs the word "Thunderbird".
- When Parker appeared on BBC1's The One Show in 2014, he said that the National Physics Laboratory wrote to Gerry Anderson saying that they thought something like Thunderbird 2 was aeronautically impossible in real life but they were wrong.
- In reality, Thunderbird 2's real-life counterpart is The C-17 Globemaster III military cargo aircraft which looks very similar to Thunderbird 2 and can also carry heavy loads such as jeeps and Tanks like Thunderbird 2.
Behind the ScenesEdit
A behind-the-scenes photo showing that Thunderbird 2's grabs used to pick up the Seascape Drilling Rig diving sphere were actually held by a crewman pulling it up (N/A / Filming Atlantic Inferno).
2015 RemakeEditArguably one of the updates that would couse a stir among hardcore fans of the original series, due to the classic look being both iconic and impractical (in an aeronautic sense). But from the remake, TB2 is significantly smaller the original, making the small wings (at least) seem to make a little bit more sense; they also fold away when not in use, adding to the practical focus for the design overhall. Overall, the new slimmed-down, more streamlined TB2 isn't just reminiscant of the huge cargo-hauling C-17s, but also evocative of the big Sikorsky helicoptors (an example of which, the MH-53, is rather aptly nicknamed the 'Jolly Green Giant'), especially with the refuelling and communications relay rods protruding from the nose and the hefty sides that lead to the engines. But along with this, TB2's new vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) outlets function like a Harrier Jump Jet. Second only to Thunderbird 5 in terms of extensive redesigns for the remake, the new TB2 is bound to resonate with fans of heavy-duty military aircraft, whether or not they prefer the orginal TB2.
As of the episode Cross Cut, we have seen TB2 utilize two out of the six cargo pods. Of course Pod 4 carries Thunderbird 4, but Pod 2 now contains equipment to assemble multiple utlility vehicles. Two base vehicle bodies are within Pod 2, side-by-side, and whatever the mission requires, the appropriate features are attached to one of the base bodies. So far we have seen new versions of the Mole and Firefly assembled.