Questions tagged [thunderbirds]

Refers to the 1960s TV series, 2004 movie, or 2015 TV series. Is about the adventures of International Rescue, an organization with five fantastic machines built with abilities beyond their time to rescue people from dangerous situations when rescue would otherwise be impossible.

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Thunderbirds F.A.B

In Gerry Anderson's 'Thunderbirds'(1965-66), the Tracy brothers (Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon and Alan) would respond on the radio "F.A.B." meaning 'affirmative' or 'understood'. There are many ...
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What equipment do the Thunderbirds carry?

Each member of the team wears the iconic Thunderbirds sash as part of their uniform. Here's Scott: Source He's carrying a pistol (after watching The Uninvited I'm sure it's a weapon) but is there ...
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Where did the name 'Thunderbirds' come from?

Considering that the organisation is called 'International Rescue', what was the reason that Mr Anderson (RIP) chose the name 'Thunderbirds' for the craft? Obviously the name 'Thunderbird 1' is much ...
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Was the song for the Thunderbirds end titles originally 'Flying High'?

As can be seen in this clip (below) there is an alternative ending credits for the Thunderbirds series: This was a fan-made clip as the poster explains in the ...
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What is Thunderbird 5's color?

Every Thunderbirds fan knows that each of the Thunderbird vehicles has a distinct color e.g. Thunderbird 2's 'color' is green, made obvious by its mainly being green. Each of the Thunderbirds (...
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What is the significance of the colour of the sashes the Tracy boys wear?

In the below image you will note that each of the Tracy Boys wear a different colour sash. That's understandable. Scott (who pilots Thunderbird 1) wears a blue sash. Thunderbird 1's 'colour' is ...
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What did Thunderbirds use as a fuel source?

Just re-watching the Thunderbirds launch sequence, I was reminded of a question which I distinctly remember asking in the '60s but to which I don't remember ever getting a decent answer: how were the ...
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What's the deal with Tin-Tin's necklace?

In the 2004 "Thunderbirds" movie there seems to be some relationship between Tin-Tin's necklace (pictured below) and her powers. Is this relationship ever explained in any out-of-movie sources, ...
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Why did Thunderbird 3 'lose a booster'?

In the 2004 film just before the climax, Alan is given permission to go with Tin-Tin and Fermat after the Hood in Thunderbird 1 with part of the reason being that Thunderbird 3 had 'lost a booster'. ...
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What aspects of Thunderbirds (2004) did Gerry Anderson dislike?

Looking at the Wikipedia article it is made clear that Mr Anderson (RIP) did not approve of Thunderbirds (2004): "It was disgraceful that such a huge amount of money was spent with people who had ...
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What happened to Jeff Tracy's wife?

From Thunderbirds wiki we get this: After Maureen's tragic death... But having seen every episode multiple times, there simply is no reference to his wife, or him even having a wife. Based on ...
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Where did the Hood get his powers from?

The Hood (Thunderbirds) is well known for his light-up eyes in the series and twisting cuticles in the movie (see images below). For a science-fiction show/movie, these powers seem surprisingly ...
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What modifications were made to the Tiger Moth by Brains?

At the end of Thunderbird 6, we learn that the new Thunderbird is in fact a Tiger Moth. But surely some alterations would have been made to it. Does anyone know of any of Brains' modifications (and ...
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What was the point of Fireflash's engines lasting so long?

One of the greatest abilities of the Fireflash aircraft was that it had the ability to fly for 6 months continuously on its atomic engines. The only problem was that they needed to be serviced every ...
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What were the plans for future thunderbirds episodes?

The second series of Thunderbirds (the original 1960s series) was cut short at six episodes (see the below article) after the first series which had 26 episodes (because of the demand for a movie I ...
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Thunderbird 2 Grippers

In the series, Thunderbird 2 regularly uses the magnetic grabs. I was wondering whether these are standard to all pods, or just some (refer to answer from this question)
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Contents of each pod for Thunderbird 2

I've worked it out before, and found that the same machine is in different pods in different episodes. So I was wondering if there was any actual order to the contents of the Pods in Thunderbird 2? e....
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In Thunderbirds, what is the badge on Parker’s cap?

Does anybody know, or have a clear picture of what the badge is on Parker's cap is, in the Original Thunderbirds TV show?