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 complete credited cast:
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)
... Jeff Tracy / Commander Norman / Interceptor One Pilot (voice)
... Tin-Tin Kyrano / Airport Tannoy (voice)
... Gordon Tracy / 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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A character named "Bob Meddings" tries to unsuccessfully defuse a bomb. This is a reference to Art Director Bob Bell and Derek Meddings, the shows special effects director. 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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Episode title never shown on screen. See more »


Featured in Thunderbirds: Security Hazard (1966) 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, and finally, that almost non-stop run of quality Barry Gray music. That is why.

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.

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