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Radar and forward detector tubes
Fuselage skin refrigeration unit
Oxygen and air recycling units
Pilot cabin
Chute entry hatch
Living accomodation with fold-away bunks, etc
Entry hatch to pod overhead gallery (not shown here)
Two-man lift to floor-level pod door
Observation windows with mounted TV scanners
Two forward vtol rockets (port shown)
Armoury' of cutting tools and drills, lasers, thermic lances, etc
Forward fuel tanks (vtol fuel)
Ramjet air intake
Hydraulic gear in airflow fairing
Twin-boom fuselage of great strength; when pod is in flying position, the weight increase is offset by the increased lift given by the aerofoil shape of the fuselage
Control and fuel lines
Fixed centrebody ramjet
Primary heat exchanger; liquid metal from atomic pile superheats rammed air
Split duct bypassing rear hydraulic housing
Re-heat secondary heat exchanger
Booster rocket used in emergency and for angle launch
Ramjet thrust pipe
Four turbo jets providing power at cruising speed are housed in 'tailplane' together with their auxiliary equipment
Magnetic bolts, solenoid actuated, engage pod flange to lock on for flying
Rocket fuel and pumps
Ram-air turbine gives emergency electrical power
Rocket fuel oxidant
Atomic pile in lightweight shielding; supplies heat to jet exchangers and turbo electric generators
Two rear vtol rockets (starboard shown)
Hydraulic legs raise main fuselage clear of pod for unloading operations
Equipment-carrying pod
Overhead lighting strip
Equipment for fuelling, maintenance and electronic checking of rescue gear
Inner stressed wall gives great strength to light frame and outer skin
Sliding hatch to inspection pit
Inspection spot light and oxygen cylinders
Ramp-raising gear
Door giving access to lift when in flying position
Pod door lowers to form ramp
Mobile rescue equipment leaving pod

Technical specifications published originally in Thunderbirds 1966 Annual,
later reprinted in Dutch Albert Heyn Codes and Extra 3 Album

Thunderbird 2 side elevation
Side Elevation
Thunderbird 2 plan
Thunderbird 2 reverse plan
Reverse Plan
Thunderbird 2 front elevation
Front Elevation
Thunderbird 2 rear elevation
Rear Elevation

Elevations published originally in Thunderbirds model sheet, later reprinted in Dutch Albert Heyn Codes

Thunderbird 2
Technical Specifications
name: Thunderbird 2
designer: Derek Meddings
other data: launch bay
launch sequence