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Thunderbird 2
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Type: Heavy-Duty Equipment Transporter
Affiliation: International Rescue
Top Speed: 5000 m.p.h.
Main Operator: Virgil Tracy
Gordon Tracy (Co-pilot)
Scott Tracy (Co-pilot)
Appearances: Missions

Thunderbird 2 is a large, supersonic, VTOL freight carrying aircraft. Like the rest of the Thunderbirds, it was created by Brains and is owned by International Rescue. Thunderbird 2 is used in earth-based rescue missions, usually alongside the much faster Thunderbird 1, compared to which it is slower, but has greater functionality. Thunderbird 2 is a long range craft, capable of travelling anywhere in the world without the need to refuel. Thunderbird 2 has a maximum altitude of 100,000 feet.

The great freighter is piloted by Virgil Tracy, who is often accompanied by his younger brother Gordon, and occasionally Alan. Scott also travelled inside Thunderbird 2 in Chain Of Command, it is shown that he is also capable of co-piloting the craft.

DesignEdit

TB2 is a giant, wide-body, green coloured, somewhat blocky plane with small forward-swept wings, a massive rear spoiler and large rectangular engine intakes on either side. The two engines at the back provide supersonic speeds. TB2 is capable of vertical take-off and landing through the use of 4 large jets tucked underneath the craft's sides, close to the intakes. The VTOL jets can tilt forwards and backwards for slow and steady flights in all directions, and are powerful enough to let TB2 lift extremely heavy objects and vehicles. The wings can fold upwards when not in use, allowing for easier landings. Two means of entrance and exit can be found at the crafts front end; a manually operated hatch on top, and a platform that can be automatically lowered underneath, and both lead straight to the cockpit.

Specifications Edit

Height: 31 feet

Height with pod lowered: 57 feet

Length: 112 feet

Wingspan: 82 feet

Wingspan with wings folded in: 56 feet

Cruising speed: 5000 m.p.h

Maximum speed: 10'000 m.p.h

Payload: 100 tons

The 6 ModulesEdit

The middle of TB2 is completely hollow, a space to be filled in by one of six cargo carrying modules that have separate contents. The contents can be unleashed when TB2 has landed after four telescopic legs located near the VTOL jets have extended, lifting up the entire craft while leaving the module on the ground, whereupon their drawbridge-like doors can open.

Module 1Edit

Contents unknown

Module 2Edit

The most commonly used Module, which is fitting, as it shares the same number as it's Thunderbird. It specializes in carrying the Pods, which are two durable chassis that can convert into many different smaller rescue vehicles using a variety of attachments. The attachments are kept in metallic crates stored on the walls of Module 2, and are brought down and built into the body of the Pod via robotic arms. Module 2 also has two layers of bay doors that can open up and allow air-based Pod vehicles to drop down and get cracking.

Module 2 also has, in between the two bay doors, a pair of electromagnetic cables. They are designed to point down and be used once the first door opens. There are seats in Module 2 that can collect people from rescues.

Module 3Edit

Home of the large electromagnetic grabs. The grabs are used to lift up and move the largest and heaviest of objects. The tips of the 4 fingers are electromagnetic, which allowed them to rip off a roof in The Hexpert. A row of seats stored on Module 3 are able to be picked up by the grabs and lowered, in order to collect people.

Module 3 has also carried the RAD and was able to carry Thunderbird 1 by four electromagnetic cables between the two layers of bay doors, like Module 2.

Module 4Edit

Designed for aquatic rescue missions and built to float in water. Module 4 carries Thunderbird 4, which can exit once the door of the Module opens via a metallic slide that extends out in a telescopic manner. Thunderbird 4 is retrieved through the use of a magnetic cable behind the slide that shoots out to hit the rear of the sub and carry it back up. Like Module 2, Module 4 also has bay doors. Once they open up, an electromagnetic cable on the ceiling can be used. Not only could this cable carry heavy metal objects, but it was also used to gently lower Thunderbird 4 down to the Q.R.C. in Heavy Metal. Module 4 also has rescue seats like the other pods.

Module 5Edit

Module 5 contains bay doors, allowing a fuel line to be extended, which can pump out fuel from another vehicle. There is only limited capacity though. The module, just like module 3, also contains seats that can be lowered to collect people.

Module 6Edit

Contents unknown

EquipmentEdit

The Jaws of LifeEdit

Main article: Jaws Of Life

Electromagnetic CablesEdit

Thunderbird 1 may have a electromagnetic cable, but Thunderbird 2 has four times as many... meaning four. They end with circular clamps and can be fired down at high speed. However, since they are all located within the hollow area for the Modules, they can only be used when the Module is detached, and they therefore provide the additional job of recollecting a dropped module while the ship is airborne, which is how Module 4 is retrieved while floating in water. The cables have an unspecified, but incredible length, and Thunderbird 2 can use them to support 100 tons worth of weight.

Nosecone GrabsEdit

Like the set that are stored in Module 3, Thunderbird 2 also has another set of grabs stored in its nosecone. They are the same design as the ones in Module 3 They even have their own row of seats to pick up and drop off people with.

Thunderbird 2's MissionsEdit

Main article: Thunderbird 2/Missions (TB2015)

Launch SequenceEdit

Virgil stands with his back against the painting of the Saturn V, which tips him almost upside down and straps him into a special harness (with his IR garb above him), and the harness takes him at high speed down the tube to TB2 via a rail. The IR garb is put onto him, and the harness is rotated upside down. The tunnel extends to over TB2's top entry door, and Virgil grabs the handlebars at the end of the rail, releasing him from the harness and dropping him into the cockpit.

Virgil then closes the big round door himself manually and puts himself in the pilot's chair. He fires up TB2, whilst any passengers he needs are raised up into the cockpit from the bottom hatch. The modules pass under TB2, until Virgil gets the correct one, and TB2 sinks over it and it is raised up, until the two become one.

The rock covering the entrance to the hangar opens like a drawbridge. Thunderbird 2 then rotates around, and begins to taxi out. The palm trees lining the runway lift out of the way (widening the runway), until TB2 gets to the end of the runway. The launching ramp lifts TB2 into the correct launch angle and the wings fold down into the flight setting. The blast pit opens, the engines ignite and TB2 launches.

GalleryEdit

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