Thunderbird 1
Specifications: First Response/Reconnaissance Aircraft

Wingspan: 15.0m

Length: 23.6m

Height: 9.5m

Top Speed: 15 000mph

Power Plant: Atomic Pile

Propulsion: Turbojet, RAMjet, Rocket

Crew: One, Scott Tracy

TB1 Launch Bay

For the fastest possible takeoff TB1 is stored in a bay close to the Tracy lounge. Scott can thus get aboard within a matter of seconds and carry out all necessary preflight checks whilst the craft descends the ramp to the launch bay located under the house's swimming pool. It can take as little as 30 seconds for TB1 to be airborne after receiving an emergency call.

After a rocket assisted vertical launch, TB1's Turbojet and RAMjet engines take over as it levels out for horizontal flight. The flight console and seat pivot during this transition to allow Scott to remain upright and to help him survive the high g-forces necessary during launch.

The 'Swing-Wing' design allows TB1's wings to be swept back for launch and ultra-sonic high speed flight or swept forward for low speed manoeuvring and descent. During the VTOL takeoff and landings a centrally located rocket provides thrust with forward mounted pitch-and-yaw jets providing stability.

TB1's role as first response/reconnaissance vehicle requires it to carry sophisticated computer, surveillance, and communications equipment. These include the Mobile Command Console, advanced imaging cameras to provide high resolution pictures and high powered radio communications.

A forward mounted, retractable destructor cannon provides firepower when it is required and like all of TB1's operations, this is controlled via a multipurpose TV monitor mounted on the pilot's control panel.

Thunderbird 1 is the ultimate emergency response aircraft.

TB1 Launch


TB1 Flight

TB1 at Heathrow

International Rescue

The Thunderbird Machines
Thunderbird 1 Cutaway View