Lambda-class T-4a shuttle

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The Lambda-class T-4a shuttle, also known as the Imperial Lambda, Imperial Transport or the Imperial Shuttle, was a type of transport shuttle with a trihedral foil design used by the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. The shuttles were used by such dignitaries as Darth Vader and Emperor Sheev Palpatine. The hyperdrive-equipped shuttle was armed with two forward double laser cannons, two wing-mounted double cannons, and one rear double laser cannon.


"So, the problem with these Lambda-class shuttles, they fly fine with one, but it's much easier with a copilot… especially through hyperspace."
Luke Skywalker, to Shara Bey[src]
Imperial shuttle frontview

Front view of a Lambda-class shuttle

A hyperdrive-equipped multi-purpose transport, the Lambda-class T-4a shuttle was developed by Sienar Fleet Systems for use in the starfleet of Sheev Palpatine's Galactic Empire.[1] It had three wings: one tall, dorsal stabilizer that remained stationary, and two lower wings that would extend during flight and fold upward for landing. Its shape was considered elegant and a departure from the Empire's usually crude designs. A well-armed vessel, the Lambda-class T-4a shuttle was mounted with two forward-facing double laser cannons, two wing-mounted double cannons, and a rear-facing double laser cannon. A multi-purpose transport, the shuttle was used for ferrying cargo as well as transporting troops into battle.[2]

Although Lambda-class crafts could be flown by a single pilot, the presence of a copilot/navigator made it much easier, especially when travelling through hyperspace.[5]

Despite the elegance of the Lambda-class's outer design, the inside of those shuttles often reeked of stale sweat because of the many perspiring stormtroopers they kept hauling around. Moreover, bored troopers were known to scratch their operating numbers on every available surface.[6]


The Imperial Lambda-class shuttle was the conceptual and engineering offspring of the Nu-class transport, a versatile craft that saw use during the Clone Wars.[7] Even the Empire's hierarchy, including Emperor Palpatine himself and his Sith apprentice Darth Vader, travelled in their private Lambda-class T-4a shuttles.[2] The Emperor's shuttle was distinguished by a gray stripe on its nose.[8]



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