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For something so advanced, they still need to have windows to see where they are going? I guess they never developed radar, or even external cameras for that matter.... Having those windows, and a bridge located on a tower that screams "kill me", is by far one of the dumbest designs I've seen. Why not just put the bridge deep inside the ship surrounded by armor, and set up a bunch of external cameras outside? That's also assuming that for some inexplicable reason they literally need to see with their eyes what is in front of the ship.
Even our ships don't need to do this. Submarines for example. Darth Kellickq 05:08, 3 August 2007 (UTC)
Because Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader would like to see planets burn with a view? -- SFH 05:29, 3 August 2007 (UTC)
According to some sources, it's to 'make it more intimidating', or words to that effect. Personally, I just classify it as a Plot Device. Unit 8311 18:43, 3 August 2007 (UTC)
Since all sorts of sensory equipment exist in canon, I find it hard to believe that they 'need' windows. The placement of the bridge is probably on line with the shield generators being located in external towers. But with transparisteel being an option, I see nothing wrong with having actual visuals when you are stupid enough to place the bridge near the exterior of the ship anyway. DarthMRN 20:00, 3 August 2007 (UTC)
What about an ion cannon/shock net. it would disable the equipment.
Well I can't imagine that transparisteel being very strong when an A Wing can just fly right through it and destroy the whole entire ship (the Executor). Put the bridge deep inside the ship, surrounded by armor, and such a vulnerability becomes a non-issue.
No, they're fairly strong, but they mainly rely on the shields. Chack JadsonTalk 00:54, 4 August 2007 (UTC)
Sometimes there's an auxiliary bridge within a ship. The Executor had auxiliary control centers, but damage control crews were unable to seize control (per EGVV). As for being able to control a battle without a window, remember that Thrawn commanded the Battle of Obroa-skai from his quarters. He and Pellaeon were talking about art or something when the enemy shows up, and Thrawn just brings up a big tactical display and destroys them. That said, I would presume that the reason for actual windows is that sensors can be jammed, hit with ion attack etc.-LtNOWIS 00:53, 6 August 2007 (UTC)
On at least two separate occasions, Zahn has used a "visual triangulation room" as an excuse to set a scene in a room with really big windows while on a warship, so that line of reasoning is just about right. jSarek 00:46, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
Well, these are the same people that put an exshuast port on the first Death Star and we all know how that ended. Eisley 03:04, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
Death Stars need exhaust ports. The problem was they forgot to put a grate over it. Kaje 04:12, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
Sometimes your eyes do a better job out picking things then sensors ever could. Thats what the chiss believed.StarNinja99
It may be simply that having no exterior windows could be very disorienting while trying to direct a large warship. Paint over the windows of an airliner and then try flying it to see what I mean (obviously I never have, and I don't seriously suggest you do so either, but I suspect it would be pretty scary). We know that at least some large warships such as the Aclammator-I had enclosed bridges with exterior camera feeds. This may not actually have been all that uncommon either - a note on Executor Bridge Tower's page in the book 'Inside the Worlds of the Star Wars Trilogy' actually mentions the fact that she had exterior bridge windows, saying that her shielding (with a peak power output equivalent to that of a medium star) 'makes such displays of Imperial arrogance possible'. This might mean that non-Imperial, smaller captial ships don't ususally have exterior bridges. That said, the prevalence of bridge windows in almost every other starship design mentioned and seen in Star Wars suggests that common ship designer wisdom is that it is still probably easier to give captains a single quick overview with a glance from a window. After all, losing all co-ordination through a hit by an ion cannon disrupting the exterior sensors and their feeds would be a real possibility. And yes, there is more than a little dose of plot device in here as well. CommanderJB 08:34, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
Having windows on a ship such as a Super Star Destroyer would also be crucial for the same reasons it helps to see the battlefield as a military commander. For example, in Outbound Flight, Thrawn could not have utilized such tactics that he did without being able to see the battlefield for himself.
Can I just point out that the Mon Calamari Cruisers in particular the "MC-80 Type 1" at the Battle of Endor had exterior bridges which look even flimsier then that of the Executor... snap-hiss
On today's ships, there is fancy equipment like radar and such, but what sailors trust most is their own eyes in addition to these helpers. That's why people still post lookouts. That's why even Star Destroyers need windows to post lookouts; it's always better with a set of eyes that can't fail. Jedi Master Chief 23:10, 29 November 2007 (UTC)