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)
Christine Finn ...
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 »


Jeff Tracy: OK, boys. That's the brief. It's our first assignment, so make it look good.
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Referenced in Thunderbirds: Operation Crash-Dive (1965) See more »

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Airport 1965: The Fireflash
18 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This first episode of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds deals with a criminal - The Hood - placing a bomb on an aircraft and International Rescue must go on mission number one to save the airliner and all on board.

Trapped In The Sky - is the hour that nailed Thunderbirds, this is it, best episode of the series and even better than the two Thunderbird motion pictures! Why is it so good? From Jeff Tracy's deep voiced talk of "Boys, I think we are in business", to Scott Tracy's more unique voice tones, to the now topical storyline involving a bomb on a plane, to the miniature effects of Fireflash, to the corny Fireflash pilot saying "I saw her too, she is kind-of cute", to the first ever wonderful visions of the Thunderbird aircrafts, to the ex-Stingray models partly seen sitting at the airport, to the more straight faced way (compared to other episodes) that the hour presents itself in, and finally, that almost non-stop run of quality Barry Gray music. That is why. Stingray might be my favourite Gerry Anderson series, but I have to admit that Thunderbirds did just a bit better in the music department and Trapped In The Sky is a show case for that music. Wonderful stuff.

If you want a short taste of Thunderbirds, without sitting through the whole series, then this is the episode for you, this hour has all that is Thunderbirds...but as I said, a bit more straight faced and epic-ish than the following episodes.

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