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?


The opening and closing credits of the first episode ("Trapped In The Sky") differ entirely from the rest of the series: the music arrangements are slightly different (in the closing credits, for example, the music for Thunderbird 1's first launch is used); sound effects are used in the montage (including Kyrano's scream); the Mole is not used as a standard picture in the closing credits. It is the only episode where Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson are credited for writing an episode of the show. See more »


In several shots from beneath Thunderbird 1, seen while the Hood takes photographs of the aircraft, the vehicle's markings show the "T" of Thunderbird painted on the red nose cone. All other shots of the craft show the nose cone free of markings. See more »


Commander Norman, London Airport controller: Crash crews return to standby positions! Let those aircraft burn! Fireflash is carrying passengers, they're not!
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Crazy Credits

Musical score is slightly different in opening credits than in subsequent episodes. See more »


Featured in Timeshift: The Smoking Years (2012) 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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