World Space Patrol
Many baby boomers will fondly remember Fireball XL5, a space-themed 1962 puppet TV series (pre-Thunderbirds) that was produced by the husband and wife team of Sylvia and Gerry Anderson. In Australia it appeared on TV in 1963 and in the US it was screened on Saturday morning TV between 1963 and 1965.
In keeping with popular sci-fi themes of the era, the show was futuristic, set in the years 2062 and 2063 and focused on the missions of spaceship Fireball XL5, part of a world fleet commanded by jaw-jutting puppet hunk Colonel Steve Zodiac of the important sounding World Space Patrol. Space Patrol's revolving Top Level headquarters was based in Space City and headed by Commander Wilbur Zero, aided by his assistant Lieutenant Ninety. The Patrol's job was to keep an eye on Sector 25 and protect the Earth from any potential threat from Alien invasion.
The three hundred foot long XL5 came equipt with a nose cone accesory - Fireball Junior, which was a handy small ship for convenient landings.
|The Space Patrol Crew..Robert, Dr. Venus and Steve Zodiac|
|Fireball XL5 annual cover. 1966|
Warning: some Fireball XL5 enthusiasts may be offended by the following video...