Thunderbirds is a late 1960s to early 1970s Sylvia and Gerry Anderson television show which used "Super-Marionation" (marionettes), showing the adventures of the Tracys, a family consisting of ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy, his 5 sons and one daughter, who live on a Pacific island and are secretly the members of International Rescue, a mechanized do-gooder organization which covers the globe rescuing people with their fantastic machines, the Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbird machines are:
- Thunderbird 1: a high-speed rocket plane
- Thunderbird 2: a heavy carrier aircraft
- Thunderbird 3: a spaceship
- Thunderbird 4: a submarine
- Thunderbird 5: an Earth-orbiting space station
- The Mole: a high-speed manned tunneling machine
Notable for its (for the time) superlative special effects using miniatures.