Thunderbirds

Season 1 Episode 12

Operation Crash-Dive

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 1965 on ITV
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The Fireflash atomic airliner suffers two mysterious disappearances. International Rescue volunteers to accompany the next flight.

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    Shane Rimmer

    Shane Rimmer

    Scott Tracy

    David Holliday

    David Holliday

    Virgil Tracy

    David Graham

    David Graham

    Aloysius Parker/Brains/Kyrano/Gordon Tracy

    Peter Dyneley

    Peter Dyneley

    Jeff Tracy

    Ray Barrett

    Ray Barrett

    John Tracy

    Matt Zimmerman

    Matt Zimmerman

    Alan Tracy

    David Holliday

    David Holliday

    Newsreader

    Guest Star

    Shane Rimmer

    Shane Rimmer

    Scott Tracy

    Recurring Role

    David Graham

    David Graham

    Captain Hansen / Patterson / Fireflash 3 Pilot / Fireflash Pilot / Farmer

    Recurring Role

    Peter Dyneley

    Peter Dyneley

    Commander Norman / International Air Minister

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    • TRIVIA (8)

      • Given that the Fireflash is completely submerged when Thunderbird 4 is cutting the engines away, the heat generated would be almost instantly dissipated into the surrounding water. The Fireflash crew would be much more at risk of the cold temperatures underwater than heat from the cutting torch.

      • After cutting through the cockpit window, Gordon jumps from just outside the window directly into the sea. However, Fireflash's wings are directly below the cockpit, making Gordon's exit impossible without breaking his legs on the way.

      • As the second Fireflash crashes, its left wheel housing pod can be seen to be split in two, yet on Fireflash's ascent from the seabed, the pod is intact.

      • Thunderbird 4's laser cutter is of a different scale and at a different angle in relation to the Fireflash engine pylon in close up and long shots.

      • Before Thunderbird 4 even starts to cut off Fireflash's engines, a line where cutting would occur can be seen on the engine plyon's leading edge.

      • When Gordon returns to Thunderbird 4 after making contact with the trapped crew, the configuration of the puppet-sized Thunderbird 4 doesn't match the model seen in long-shot.

      • While Gordon searches for Fireflash on the sea-bed, the parting in his hair keeps changing sides.

      • In the movie "Thunderbirds Are Go" Zero X is seen at 120,000 ft at this altitude the sky is a dark blue (because they were 5 minutes away from leaving the Earth's atmosphere). The Fireflash is seen flying at 150,000 ft several times and the sky is still a light blue colour as it was when it took off. This error also happened in "Trapped in the Sky and other episodes with Fireflash in.

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    • NOTES (7)

      • Lt. Burroughs previously appeared as Solarnaut Asher in Sun Probe. The EJ2 Jet which the saboteur escapes in is later seen as the fake Thunderbird 2 in The Impostors.

      • Although credited on the end titles, Sylvia Anderson does not take part in this episode.

      • Lady Penelope, Parker and Kyrano don't appear in this episode.

      • The original script shows that the working title for this story was The Test Crew.

      • In the 1980's, this episode and Trapped in the Sky were edited together to form a 90-minute American movie compilation called Thunderbirds to the Rescue. Interestingly, the movie states that Operation Crash-Dive takes places six months after "Trapped".

      • Originally scripted as a 25-minute episode, it had to be brought up to 50 minutes. Some footage from this episode also appears in Trapped in the Sky so as to bring it to the 50-minute slot.

      • This is a sequel to the first episode Trapped in the Sky. Events to that episode are mentioned by a TV reporter who previously appeared in Sun Probe.

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