Century 21 Tech Talk – Episode One: Thunderbird 1 | Hosted by Brains from Thunderbirds
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Century 21 Tech Talk – Episode One: Thunderbird 1 | Hosted by Brains from Thunderbirds

(fanfare music) – [Brains] Oh, hello there folks. My name’s Brains and I’m the
Chief Designer and Engineer here at I-I-International Rescue. Welcome to the first in
a series of briefings about some of the most
a-a-advanced machinery in use in the 21st century. As agents of I-I-International Rescue, you have been granted security clearance by our commander, Jeff Tracy. But watch out for any suspicious activity d-d-during our briefing. You can ever be too careful
when there are enemies like the Hood on the loose. Now that we’ve taken
care of the formalities, let’s begin. In this briefing, we’re
gonna be discussing the technical specifications
of Thunderbird 1. Thunderbird 1 is the hypersonic,
first r-r-response craft used by International Rescue. It is piloted by Scott Tracy, the eldest of the T-T-Tracy brothers. Scott served in the US Air
Force and gained a lot of experience handling high
speed experimental craft, making him the p-p-perfect
choice to pilot Thunderbird 1. Constructed at a t-t-top
secret purpose-built hangar, Thunderbird 1 was the
first of the five primary International Rescue
craft to be completed, h-h-hence its designation. Thunderbird 1 stands 90 feet high, and is stored under
the Tracy Island villa, a-a-accessed by a hidden walkway behind a rotating panel in the lounge. Standing with his back to the wall, Scott grips the lamp brackets
on either side of him, causing the wall panel to rotate. H-h-he then t-t-transfers
to a moving walkway, which delivers him to the c-c-cockpit in the nose cone of Thunderbird 1. As Scott changes into his duty uniform, the craft rolls down the ramp,
i-i-into the large hangar. The hangar is located directly below the Tracy Island swimming pool. And this slides to o-o-one side, to provide clearance for
the craft to pass through. Once in position, Scott fires the motors and T-T-Thunderbird 1
surges up into the sky. Scott can then transition the craft into horizontal f-f-flight mode, as he speeds towards the
source of the distress call. Thunderbird 1 can reach speeds of up to 50,000 miles per hour, giving Scott the best possible chance of reaching the danger zone and carrying out an assessment before f-f-further action is taken. W-w-when travelling at top speed, Thunderbird 1 flies with it’s
variable g-g-geometry wings folded in, giving the craft
a rocket-like profile. On arrival at the danger zone, Scott will usually be required to land and deploys Thunderbird 1’s wings so that the wing-mounted
landing gear may be used. The landing gear was originally designed with wheels attached. But a later retrofit replaced these wheels with the current landing pads. A powerful rocket motor helps
slow the craft as it lands. Useful when a pinpoint accurate
landing is r-r-required. Thunderbird 1 is capable of
handling many rescue scenarios without the need for a-any rescue support. Thanks to the equipment arsenal
at S-S-Scott’s disposal. A powerful machine canon
is housed in the underside of the craft nose and can
be used to clear hazards and carry out demolition work. There is also a multi-purpose
launch platform, which can be outfitted with a variety of mission-specific equipment. Such as a f-f-fire suppression system, and a battery of high tensile spears. Thunderbird 1 is equipped
with a v-v-versatile winch for airlifting trapped
personnel or small vehicles. And this can also be used to
stabilise damaged structures. Recent additions to Thunderbird
1’s d-d-detection equipment include a sensitive m-m-metal dectector, which can detect metal objects
from a height of 1,000 feet. And a sonar probe system
used for detecting stricken craft on the seabed. When hazardous situations prevent direct line of sight
with people in distress, Scott can make use of Thunderbird 1’s remote controlled h-h-hovering camera. This small drone can
withstand extreme heat and harsh conditions, in
order to relay video images back to Thunderbird 1. When the situation demands a
more hands on a-a-approach, Scott can disembark
Thunderbird 1 and o-o-operate from the International
Rescue mobile control unit. Functioning as a
self-contained command centre, the mobile control unit provides Scott with all of the facilities necessary to direct many of the rescue
situations he encounters. (beeping) Pardon me for a moment, folks. – [Scott] Brains, get down
to Thunderbird 2 immediately. I’ll explain later. – [Brain] Right away, Mr. Tracy. I’m afraid we’ll have to leave
it there for today folks. I-I-I hope you enjoyed our briefing. S-s-so long for now. (beep) (dramatic orchestral music)


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