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The Ladybird Jet is a jet owned by Tin-Tin. It appears in the episodes The Cham-Cham and Give or Take a Million.

The Ladybird takes to the sky

Technical Data

Endurance: 15 hours
Length: 18 metres
Maximum speed: 3,000 kph
Power: 2 Tracy Aerospace turbojets and 2 Ramjet booster units
Range: 3500 kilometres
Seating capacity: 2 (pilot and passenger)
Service ceiling: 20,000 metres
Weight: 9,100 kilogrammes
Wingspan: 11.6 metres

Cutaway Drawings

Main article: History of the Cutaway Drawings (Classic Thunderbirds)

As far as is known, only two cutaway drawings of the Ladybird jet exist. Both were illustrated by Graham Bleathman. The first appeared in Redan Thunderbirds Comic, issue 60, and the second featured in the Haynes Thunderbirds manual.

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Ladybird cutaway.png

Give or Take a Million

Behind the Scenes

The puppet-sized mock-up of the area around the cockpit used for filming the close-ups of Tin-Tin piloting the plane in The Cham-Cham is the same one that was used both for the Zombite Fighter Jet in The Uninvited and for the Red Arrows in Edge Of Impact.

The Zombite's cockpit in The Uninvited.

The cockpit of a Red Arrow (Edge of Impact).

In Give or Take a Million, the Ladybird's cockpit looks completely different in the close-ups.

Give or Take a Million.

Give or Take a Million.

Trivia

  • The long shots of the Ladybird taking off in Give or Take a Million are reused clips from The Cham-Cham.
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