Thunderbirds (1965–1966)
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Trapped in the Sky 

The Hood plants a bomb aboard the Fireflash. Can International Rescue bring the airliner down without using its landing gear?



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Episode cast overview:
Sylvia Anderson ...
Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / Air Terrainean Guide (voice)
John Tracy / The Hood / Alan Tracy / Fireflash Co-Pilot / Assistant Controller / Harris / TX 204 Pilot (voice)
Peter Dyneley ...
Jeff Tracy / Commander Norman / Interceptor One Pilot (voice)
Tin-Tin Kyrano / Airport Tannoy (voice)
David Graham ...
Gordon Tracy / Aloysius Parker / Brains / Kyrano / Captain Hanson / Lieutenant Bob Meddings / Fireflash Passenger / Crash Tenders / Doctor (voice)
David Holliday ...
Virgil Tracy (voice)
Scott Tracy / TX 204 Co-pilot (voice)
Matt Zimmerman ...
(voice) (credit only)


The Hood plants a bomb aboard the Fireflash. Can International Rescue bring the airliner down without using its landing gear?

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Release Date:

30 September 1965 (UK)  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the episode "Trapped In The Sky", Alan Tracy's voice is completely different from all the other episodes that he appears in. In his single short line of dialog, he is voiced by Ray Barrett, although Matt Zimmerman (who did Alan's voice for the rest of the series) is credited in the closing titles (Zimmerman had not yet been asked to do Alan Tracy's voice). See more »


Footage showing Thunderbird 2 leaving with Pod 3 (pods 2 and 4 seen either side) is often reused, even when you see the craft select another pod. See more »


[International Rescue has succeeded in saving the Fireflash aircraft via emergency elevator cars, but one driven by Virgil has crashed off the runway and is upside down]
Scott Tracy: Are you okay, Virgil?
[Virgil is trying to crawl right side up within his elevator car]
Virgil Tracy: Okay, Scott. Made good timing.
Scott Tracy: Great, Virgil! Just great.
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Crazy Credits

Episode title never shown on screen. See more »


Referenced in Thunderbirds: Operation Crash-Dive (1965) See more »

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I can't see the strings, only the quality.
4 February 2009 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Thunderbirds is a triumph of TV. It's a real series for children that took them seriously. It didn't treat kids as kids, it treated them as small adults, and in the process gave us real excitement, cutting edge effects and great stories. The premise of the series may seem unrealistic, but the plots were excellent. It contained real people (they may have been represented by puppets, but they were real people) in real situation. They were edge of the seat programs that quite frankly many programs today could learn lessons from. Plus, how many things in these programs have either come true, or indeed look just like the designs of things used by the Thunderbirds team. It's no chance happening that kids (and still adults) love it today just as much as they did when it was made. Why? Because they don't see the strings, they see the program, and the program captures the imagination completely. How many (supposedly) children's programs made 40 years ago do 21st century kids want to watch now? And what's the betting they still will in another 40.

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