Not for sale
150 metric tons
|Present for battles/events|
- "She may not look like much, but she'll get off the ground."
- ―New Hope Deck Master describes the Crow
One of the ship's earliest owners was the smuggler Roark Garnet, who used it until he inherited the Dorion Discus from his dead gunslinging sister Neena. He used the Crow as payment for debts incurred to Grappa the Hutt.
It was eventually stolen from Grappa by Dace Bonearm and IG-72. The Moldy Crow was subsequently abandoned on the planet Teth after the two hunters used it as a decoy to capture Rebel commander Winfrid Dagore and claim the Imperial bounty on her. The Crow then fell into the hands of Lieutenant Palob Godalhi, who gave up the beat-up freighter to the Rebel Dreadnaught New Hope.
Use under Kyle Katarn
- "You've got to be joking. This isn't even a ship! Hey, I thought you said this thing would get off the ground!"
"It will. But after that, I'm not making any promises."
- ―Kyle Katarn to the deck master at his first sighting of the Crow
In the hands of the Rebels, the Crow was refitted and acquired by Kyle Katarn for use during the Battle of Danuta. Kyle would grow attached to the ship, and would utilize it later in his mission to destroy the dark trooper project. More often than not, though, it was Jan Ors, Kyle's partner and mission coordinator, who piloted the ship for pick-up and drop-off.
The Crow was captured on Ruusan by Jerec's forces and held onboard the Sulon Star during Kyle's and Jan's mission on the planet. When the Star's support systems were damaged, Kyle managed to reach his ship in the hangar and escape the disaster. However, the shockwave of the larger ship's explosion was too strong, and the Crow crashed near the Valley of the Jedi. She was soon replaced by Kyle's new ship, the Raven's Claw.
Behind the scenes
In early production of the game, the ship was named simply Crow and was intended to be a Baudo-class star yacht. Also, it was not a 3-D polygonal object, but a two-dimensional bitmap sprite rendered from different view angles. 
In the alternate dark side ending of Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, the Moldy Crow did not get destroyed. Instead, Kyle managed to avoid the rocks and successfully landed the ship. It was last seen right before his rematch with Yun.
The Moldy Crow was slated to appear in Star Wars: Empire at War; however, it does not. It does appear in Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption as the dropship for the hero Kyle Katarn, but only in skirmish mode.
It has been speculated by fans that the Crow was added to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Special Edition; being visible through an archway as Luke Skywalker sells his XP-34 landspeeder to Wioslea. It was also rumored that the Crow appeared in Coruscant's sky traffic in The Phantom Menace. However, both these facts are yet to be proven.
An HWK-290 light freighter could also be found in the Mysteries of the Sith multiplayer level, "Spaceport".
- Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire / audio drama
- Star Wars: Dark Forces (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
- Dark Forces: Rebel Agent / audio drama
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
- Dark Forces: Jedi Knight / audio drama
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 140 (KAT8, Kyle Katarn)
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption: Prima Official Game Guide
- The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "X-Wing Miniatures Game - HWK-290 Expansion Pack"