Equipment & Vehicles
Thunderbird Shadow
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Type: Stealth Ship
Affiliation: International Rescue
Top Speed: 12,000 m.p.h.
Main Operator: Kayo

Thunderbird S, with "S" standing for "Shadow", is a top secret International Rescue stealth aircraft. Coloured black and piloted by Kayo, Thunderbird Shadow is used for recon missions and for keeping the security of Tracy Island.

Although considered an official Thunderbird, it is not used primarily for rescue missions like the main five, and is instead used for missions dealing with stopping villains and keeping International Rescue secure, much like Lady Penelope in FAB 1.


TBS was designed specifically for stealth capabilities, and can fly extremely quietly with incredible agility. This ability to seemingly appear and disappear like a shadow has led to the craft being aptly named "Thunderbird Shadow". Its instruments include a light/optic sensor and multi-purpose launchers. The cockpit is actually a motorbike, and can be lowered from underneath to be dropped off to the ground in situations where aerial pursuit isn't practical while remaining in remote control with the main 'body'. For good hiding places, TBS can land on walls and ceilings, or underneath other aircraft, using two underside claws. Thunderbird Shadow also carries built-in futuristic cloaking technology, allowing it to become completely invisible both to the naked eye and on radar.

In "Power Play", Thunderbird Shadow's engines are upgraded, allowing it to carry one of Thunderbird 2's pods to a danger zone in order to deliver new equipment in the event that the contents of the original pod are inadequate for an escalating rescue.

Specifications Edit

Length: 52 feet

Height: 6.1 feet

Wingspan: 26 feet

Cruising speed: 12'123 m.p.h

Maximum speed: 14:789 m.p.h

Equipment Edit

Shadow Bike Edit

The cockpit of Thunderbird S is a motorbike, it can drop down on a platform allowing Kayo to chase down bad guys, e.g. If someone being chased by Kayo goes down a tunnel, The Shadow Bike can be deployed to go after them.

Grappling Claws Edit

Thunderbird Shadow can cling onto Walls, ceilings and other surfaces using its grappling claws


TBS uses it's claws to attach onto a cliff

Electromagnetic Cables Edit

Thunderbird Shadow has electric magnetic cables, when Brain upgraded it's engines in Power Play the craft was able to carry one of Thunderbird 2's Modules with them.

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Optical Camouflage / Cloaking Mode Edit

Thunderbird S can become invisible to the naked eye and on a radar at the flick of a switch.


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  • Thunderbird Shadow was designed by Shoji Kawamori, best known for creating the Macross franchise. 
  • Early sketches of Thunderbird Shadow bare a striking similarity in design to the alternate mode of Cyclonus, an evil Decepticon from the original Transformers series in the 1980's. Incidentally, Kawamori designed many of the original Diaclone toys which would go on to become part of the Transformers line.
  • It is technically the counterpart of the Ladybird Jet from the original series, as that plane belonged to Kayo's counterpart Tin-Tin. However, unlike Thunderbird Shadow, the Ladybird Jet was not considered a Thunderbird, or even an International Rescue vehicle.
    • Thunderbird Shadow could also be considered the counterpart to Thunderbird 6, as it is the sixth Thunderbird, so to speak. However, Brains was the pilot of Thunderbird 6, although Tin-Tin could fly it, very well in fact.

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