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"TIE pilots don't mix up their tactics too much. You see the same maneuvers over and over. Don't get me wrong—they can be effective… but not a lot of variation. Guess it's how they're trained. But over Grail City… they were exuberant. Taking risks I'd never seen them take before."
―Jessika Pava recalls the performance of First Order TIE pilots during the Battle of Grail City[src]

First Order TIE Fighter Pilots were skilled pilots who served the First Order, hunting down enemy vessels and protecting space around installations and warships in their advanced TIE/fo space superiority fighters.[16] Elite pilots had access to TIE/sf space superiority fighters, two-seater TIE craft equipped with enhanced weaponry and sensor systems.[18]

The First Order treated its fighter pilots as important parts of its war machine. Potential First Order pilots were identified as children and given rigorous training, often within the corridors of warships, then tested ruthlessly throughout their careers to ensure their reflexes, visual acuity and coordination measure up.[16] Due to the nature of their training, many of them have never even set foot on a planet during this time.[19] In addition, the First Order's pilots have a higher life expectancy than their Imperial counterparts largely due to their not having to be burdened with a restrictive galactic budget.[20] In addition, those pilots who demonstrate both exceptional skill and unwavering loyalty are promoted to elite ranks within the various squadrons of the First Order during the Cold War.[21]

Their uniform consisted of a black jumpsuit with a chestplate with life support gear, pauldrons on the shoulders, gauntlets, a belt with a holster for a blaster pistol, boots, and a helmet with goggles and a gas transfer tube to be plugged in to the life support box.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  2. FFGXWMG Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameSpecial Forces TIE Expansion Pack (Card: "Backdraft"—TIE/sf Fighter)
  3. FFGXWMG Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameThe Force Awakens Core Set (Card: Epsilon Ace—TIE/fo Fighter)
  4. FFGXWMG Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameThe Force Awakens Core Set (Card: Epsilon Leader—TIE/fo Fighter)
  5. FFGXWMG Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameThe Force Awakens Core Set (Card: Omega Ace—TIE/fo Fighter)
  6. FFGXWMG Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameTIE/fo Fighter Expansion Pack (Card: Omega Leader—TIE/fo Fighter)
  7. FFGXWMG Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameSpecial Forces TIE Expansion Pack (Card: "Quickdraw"—TIE/sf Fighter)
  8. Captain Phasma, Part I
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Recruit"
  10. FFGXWMG Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameThe Force Awakens Core Set (Card: Zeta Ace—TIE/fo Fighter)
  11. FFGXWMG Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures GameTIE/fo Fighter Expansion Pack (Card: Zeta Leader—TIE/fo Fighter)
  12. Poe Dameron 1: Black Squadron, Part I
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  14. Poe Dameron 30: The Awakening, Part V
  15. Bloodline
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 StarWars-DatabankII First Order TIE Fighter Pilots in the Databank (backup link)
  17. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  18. StarWars-DatabankII First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter in the Databank (backup link)
  19. SWZ01 logo X-Wing: Second EditionTIE/fo Fighter Expansion Pack (Card: Epsilon Squadron Cadet—TIE/fo Fighter)
  20. SWZ01 logo X-Wing: Second EditionTIE/fo Fighter Expansion Pack (Card: Zeta Squadron Pilot—TIE/fo Fighter)
  21. SWZ01 logo X-Wing: Second EditionTIE/fo Fighter Expansion Pack (Card: Omega Squadron Ace—TIE/fo Fighter)