Imperial starfighter prototype

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The title of this article is conjectural.

Although this article is based on official information from the Star Wars Legends continuity, the actual name of this subject is pure conjecture.

Proto starfighter
Imperial starfighter prototype
Production information



Technical specifications


Pilot (1)[1]

Other systems

Escape system (catapult unit)[1]


Multi-purpose space superiority fighter[1]


Rise of the Empire era[1]


Galactic Empire[1]

"Are you insane?! We can't steal prototype fighters."
―Lieutenant Tohm[src]

A prototype starfighter was being developed in the first few months of the Galactic Empire TIE starfighter. It was a forerunner to the famous TIE Series.


The design of this prototype consisted of a spherical command pod, equipped with horizontal wings covered with solar panels. The cockpit's access hatch was located at the top of the sphere. While the prototype fighter featured an ejection system consisting of a catapult unit under the pilot's seat, this technology was unpredictable. Sometimes, the catapult device would explode and vaporize the pilot. Other times, the access hatch failed to open, slamming the seated man against the pod's roof.[1]


In 19 BBY, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine founded the Galactic Empire. In support of the emerging government's warlike policies, a new starfighter model was being developed since the very first months of the Empire's establishment. Shortly before Headmaster Gentis' coup, recently-promoted Lieutenant Laurita Tohm was sealed inside one of the prototype starfighters by his friends. Tohm initially believed they did it as a prank, although they were actually doing it to get him out of harm's way of the coup that would ensue.[1] Tohm eventually managed to escape from the fighter via the ejection seat, although not before carefully assessing the possibilities of being incinerated or smashed into the roof due to glitches within the ejection system.


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