There’s no sign of the swimming pool that slides sideways for the launch of Thunderbird 1. And it’s unlikely the rock face will roll open to reveal Thunderbird 2’s hangar.

But that hasn’t stopped Thunderbirds fans from getting extremely excited about a volcanic island in the Philippine Sea, which they say bears a remarkable resemblance to Tracy Island, the top-secret headquarters of International Rescue.

It is not known whether Gerry Anderson, creator of the ever-popular 1960s Supermarionation TV series, actually used the island, called Aogashima, as his inspiration.

His fictional base was supposedly located in the South Pacific. Politically part of Japan, Aogashima is 200 miles from Tokyo and has a population of around 200.

Which makes it slightly more crowded than the place that Jeff Tracy and his family called home. - Daily Mail