Flight helmets were part of the flight suit worn by pilots. There were many different styles throughout the various factions that fielded pilots, but they all had several design elements in common, in particular a visor protecting the eyes.
The era of the RepublicEdit
Before the Clone Wars, the Galactic Republic had no central military. Various planets had their own forces, however, and some of those, such as Naboo, had starfighter corps. Royal Naboo Security Forces pilots had brown, leather-like helmets with visors. Early in the Clone Wars, clone pilots wore white helmets similar to regular clone helmets, but with air tubes. Near the end of the war, by the Battle of Coruscant, some clone pilots wore helmets that left their faces exposed.
The Rebellion and ResistanceEdit
Pilots of the Rebel Alliance often wore the starbird symbol on their helmets. There were several different designs of Rebel flight helmet. X-wing and Y-wing pilots, during the early rebellion and Galactic Civil War, usually wore a rounded helmet with a chinstrap. A-wing and B-wing pilots, however, usually wore a different design with cheek pieces and no chinstrap. By the time of the Cold war thirty years later, the Resistance's X-wing pilots wore a helmet design that was an updated version of the type from the Galactic Civil War. In all cases, modified helmets were available for those whose species prevented them from fitting into human-standard helmets. Rylothian pilot Yendor had a custom helmet with holes for his lekku, and fellow Twi'lek Hera Syndulla wore a pilot's cap and custom visor.
The Empire and First OrderEdit
Imperial TIE pilots wore helmets similar in design to those of stormtroopers, except they were black. They had breathing tubes that connected to a device worn on the chest, as TIE fighters typically did not have pressurized cockpits. Thirty years later, the First Order's pilots, in keeping with their copying of the Imperial aesthetic, wore similar-looking helmets.
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- ↑ Lost Stars
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Wings of the Master"