Equipment & Vehicles
Thunderbird 3
Image thunderbird 3
Type: SSTO Rocket
Affiliation: International Rescue
Top Speed: 10,000 mph
Main Operator: Alan Tracy (primary pilot)
Kayo (co-pilot)
Scott Tracy (co-pilot)

Thunderbird 3 is a giant SSTO (Single Stage to Orbit) space rocket that is revolutionary in terms of speed, functionality and reusability. It was created by Brains and is owned by International Rescue. Its existential purpose is to save the lives of people who are in mortal danger outside of the Earth's atmosphere. It is piloted by Alan Tracy, and sometimes co-piloted by Kayo or Scott Tracy.


Although capable of agile atmospheric flight (as seen in Skyhook & Falling Skies), TB3 is designed for space rescue missions, usually only flying straight upwards to space after launching. It can move very freely in space using small boosters built around its whole body to perform operations with care. The engine array at the base of the rocket includes an incredibly powerful central engine for long distance travel, and three smaller engines surrounding it. Three arms connect the middle of the ship to the three engines, and they can swing forwards to act as large-scale utility arms.

TB3 has highly advanced heat and radiation shielding, allowing it to get very close to the sun without getting destroyed, and not only does it sport enough fuel to actually reach a close point to the sun, but it can travel there within a matter of hours. However, it has a very limited supply of fuel to get back to Earth as seen in "Slingshot" and it is unknown what this "fuel" is.

As for the interior, TB3 sports a cargo bay above the engines that can carry and assemble one Pod that is specialized for outer space rescue. The cockpit is located in the upper-middle of the rocket's body. Windows form a ring all around the fuselage, and the cockpit can rotate so that Alan can see all around the outside. This cockpit is home to an airlock exit as well as the Space Surfboard.

Thunderbird 3 also has a hyperdrive speed mode by using its ion-fusion engine fuel.

Specifications Edit

Length/Height: 179 feet

Wingspan: 70 feet

Cruising speed: 10'000 m.p.h

Maximum speed: 17'000 m.p.h

Cargo BayEdit

Pod AssemblyEdit

Just like Thunderbird 2, Thunderbird 3 has a Pod inside its cargo bay, but unlike Thunderbird 2, there is only one Pod. This particular Pod looks identical, save for the circular magnetic dock on top of it, but it is specialized for outer space rescues. Its various attachments are unique, and are stored in red crates, ready to be picked up and fastened on by the robotic arms of the bay. Thunderbird 4 can also be carried and modified within the cargo bay of Thunderbird 3


Nose Cone DrillEdit

Thunderbird 3 has a large drill stored in its nose cone, which provides Thunderbird 3 with a strong grip on unstable structures; such as meteors and comets.

Grapple ArmsEdit

Thunderbird 3 has three grapple arms used for latching onto structures in space such as satellites and debris. Usually, the arms are attached to the three booster engines of Thunderbird 3, but when in use, they fold out from the engines and extend forwards. These arms are also used to help Thunderbird 3 dock with Thunderbird 5.

Electromagnetic CablesEdit

Thunderbird 3 also has a set of electromagnetic cables stored in the tips of the Grapple Arms, they are used for grabbing multiple objects, each Grapple Arm contains several cables.


  • Drive system: ion-drive particle accelerator
  • Launch system: hybrid electromagnetic/rocket motor
  • Max acceleration: 10 g.


Main article: Thunderbird 3 (TB2015)/Missions



  • Thunderbird 3 is the biggest Thunderbird.
  • Thunderbird 3 offers her passengers video games, as seen in Slingshot.
  • Thunderbird 3 has had all the Tracy brothers (excluding Alan as he is the main pilot) and Kayo in the co-pilot seat over the course of both seasons show, however Kayo and Scott are the two most common flight companions for Alan.

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