Scott Tracy

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Scott Tracy
Thunderbirds character
Scott Tracy.jpg
First appearance "Trapped in the Sky" (30 September 1965)
Last appearance Thunderbirds (2004 film)
Created by Gerry Anderson
Portrayed by Shane Rimmer (1965-1966, 1968; voice work)
Philip Winchester
(2004 film)
Gender Male
Occupation Pilot of Thunderbird 1
Family Jeff Tracy (father)
Lucille Tracy
(mother; deceased)
John Tracy (brother)
Virgil Tracy (brother)
Gordon Tracy (brother)
Alan Tracy (brother)
Grandma Tracy
(paternal grandmother)
Nationality American

Scott Tracy is a fictional character in Gerry Anderson's 1960s Supermarionation television series Thunderbirds and the subsequent films Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6. The character also appears in the 2004 live-action film adaptation, Thunderbirds. He is the pilot of the primary vehicle of the Thunderbird fleet, Thunderbird 1.

Character biography[edit]

The eldest son of Jeff Tracy (founder and financier of International Rescue), Scott is named after American astronaut Scott Carpenter. Sources vary in the canon of the Thunderbirds series as to Scott's age and birth date. One written source suggests that Scott was born on 4 April 2039, making him 26 years old.[1]

Educated at Yale and Oxford Universities, Scott was decorated for valour during his service with the United States Air Force before taking up his duties with International Rescue. As pilot of the quick response craft Thunderbird 1, he is usually first at the danger zone and typically serves as field commander on all rescue operations. He also takes on secondary duties as co-pilot of the spacecraft Thunderbird 3, is an occasional relief occupant of the Thunderbird 5 space station, and leads the organisation from Tracy Island when his father is absent.

Of the five Tracy brothers, it is Scott who keeps a cool head, and who is quick-thinking when the situation calls for it – particularly when he is at the receiving end of a gun or when the security of International Rescue is compromised. As the eldest brother, Scott nearly always assumes a leadership role.

Scott Tracy is also one of the members of International rescue to have killed someone, he killed the Egyptians in the pyramid on The Uninvited. The others being Gordon on Operation Crash Dive and Alan on Thunderbird 6.


Scott's likeness was based on actor Sean Connery.[2]

Along with Jeff and Virgil, Scott is the only other Tracy to appear in all 32 episodes of Thunderbirds, although he does not take part in the rescue operation in "The Perils of Penelope". He also does not play an active role in "Atlantic Inferno" as he was in temporary command of International Rescue.

In the 1960s puppet TV series, the voice of Scott was provided by Shane Rimmer. In the 2004 live-action film, he was portrayed by actor Philip Winchester.


  1. ^ Marriot, John; Anderson, Gerry (foreword) (1992). "2". Thunderbirds ARE GO!. London: Boxtree. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-85283-164-6. 
  2. ^ Thunderbirds characters