Black Squadron (Galactic Empire)

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Black Squadron, also known as the 61st squadron[1] was an elite unit of TIE Fighter pilots serving under Darth Vader's direct command.



Black Squadron guarding the Death Star I

Stationed aboard the first Death Star during the Battle of Yavin, Black Squadron was the TIE unit which Vader led into battle against the attacking Rebel snubfighters—the only TIE unit to deploy against the Rebels during the battle. As Grand Moff Tarkin and most of the rest of the Death Star's chain of command refused to take the threat the Rebellion posed seriously, only the squadron that Vader personally commanded launched—fortunately for the Alliance, as the giant station carried several thousand TIEs that would have easily overwhelmed the few dozen snubfighters the Rebels managed to throw against it. An element of six TIEs attacked the X-wings providing top cover, while Vader himself and two wing guards engaged the ships making the trench run. It is not often appreciated these TIE pilots were significantly outnumbered during the battle, but the members of Black Squadron were among the finest the Empire had to offer: they fought hard, and were responsible for many of the Alliance casualties.

Notable membersEdit

Death star trench

Vader leads Black 2 and Black 3 at the Battle of Yavin

Behind the scenesEdit

The Star Wars PocketModel TCG includes both Black Squadron and Black Eight Squadron in the game.


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author's Cut, Part 10: The Rise of the Empire on (backup link on Cartha is identified as a pilot from the 61st squadron who served at the Battle of Yavin. Since there is no such squadron anywhere else, and Cartha has already been identified as a Black Squadron pilot, the two groups must be one and the same.
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