The Wunder von Lengede, in the October of 1963 29 miners were killed and a further 21 were trapped when a dam collapsed
flooding an iron mine in Lengede, West Germany. Local authorities lacked the necessary heavy recuse equipment to get to
the miners, with the nearest suitable equipment being 100 miles away. This disaster gave Gerry Anderson the idea for a show
about an international rescue organisation able to deploy specialised rescue equipment anywhere via supersonic aircraft.
Gerry Anderson pitches Thunderbirds
Production of Thunderbirds begins.
Thunderbirds debuted in the UK on ATV with 26, 50 minute episodes.
Series 2 airs, with only 6 episodes.
Despite massive popularity in the UK and other
oversea territories, Thunderbirds is cancelled
due to the failure to sell to in the USA.
The Thunderbirds movie Thunderbirds Are Go!
was given the green light before the airing of
the first series.
Despite the box office failure of Thunderbirds Are Go!
the sequel Thunderbird 6 is released.
The Japanese studio Jin Studio release an anime
based on Thunderbirds Thunderbirds 2086. It lasts
for 24 episodes.
The only live-action Thunderbirds movie
Thunderbirds! premiers. Film is a failure at the
box office. Gerry Anderson completely disliked the
50 Year after it debuts, a new CGI series of
Thunderbirds is released to positive reviews.
Dear Agent 48,
Let me be the first to welcome you to International Rescue, my name is Jeff Tracy, founder and head of this
organisation. Thank you for joining me, my sons and your fellow agents in helping to save lives around the
world. This document has been provided to familiarise yourself with our operations. This document must be
kept safe as there are many around the world who want to know our secrets.
We look for to hosting you here at Thunderbirds Base for your intensive training.
Operation Name File Code Operation Name File Code
Trapped in the Sky 101 30 Minutes After Noon 118
Pit of Peril 102 The Impostors 119
City of Fire 103 The Man from MI5 120
Sun Probe 104 Cry Wolf 121
The Uninvited 105 Danger At Ocean Deep 122
The Mighty Atom 106 The Duchess Assignment 123
Vault of Death 107 Attack Of The Alligators 124
Operation Crash-Dive 108 The Cham-Cham 125
Move-And You're Dead 109 Security Hazard 126
Martian Invasion 110 Atlantic Inferno 201
Brink Of Disaster 111 Path Of Destruction 202
The Perils of Penelope 112 Alias Mr. Hackenbacker 203
Terror in New York 113 Lord Parker's 'Oliday 204
End of the Road 114 Ricochet 205
Day of Disaster 115 Give Or Take A Million 206
Edge of Impact 116 Thunderbirds Are Go 300
Desperate Intruder 117 Thunderbird 6 400
Main Pilot: Scott Tracy
Type: High-Speed Reconnaissance Craft
Top Speed: 17,500 mph
Main Pilot: John Tracy
Type: Orbital satellite
Orbit Position: Geo-stationary orbit 22,400
miles above Tracy Island
Main Pilot: Gordan Tracy
Top Speed: 40 knots (Surface)
160 knots (Underwater)
Main Pilot: Alan Tracy
Type: SSTO Rocket
Top Speed: 2,300,000 mph
Main Pilot: Virgil Tracy
Type: Heavy-Duty Equipment Transporter
Top Speed: 12,000 mph
Pilot of THUNDERBIRD 1 &
Yale and Oxford
Pilot of THUNDERBIRD 2 &
Denver School of
Pilot of THUNDERBIRD
3 & 5
Pilot of THUNDERBIRD 4
Submarine Service and
World Aquanaut Security
Pilot of THUNDERBIRD 5
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