|Obi-Wan Kenobi's Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor|
|Maximum speed (atmosphere)|
|Cargo handling systems|
|Present for battles/events|
- "I'd consider the Delta-7 combat capabilities well tested, Master Tiin."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Saesee Tiin
Sometime around the year 22 BBY—before the outbreak of the Clone Wars—Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi received a standard Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor, a customized starfighter manufactured by Kuat Systems Engineering under the supervision of Jedi Master Saesee Tiin and the Jedi Order. Kenobi was one of the few selected Jedi to tryout one of Tiin's Delta-7 prototypes, a vessel that carried extra weapons. The Jedi Knight eventually replaced his prototype Delta-7 with a standard interceptor and used the starfighter throughout his assignment of uncovering the plot to assassinate the incumbent Naboo Senator Padmé Amidala. Attached to the starfighter, the R4-series agromech droid R4-P17 helped Kenobi with reconnaissance and communication via the ship's internal comlink and hologram transmitter, respectively. Kenobi learned that the bounty hunter Jango Fett orchestrated the plot, and subsequently used the starfighter to track Fett to the planet Geonosis. The conflict against Fett above Geonosis proved to be disastrous, as Kenobi went on the defensive. Wanting to hide from Slave I, Kenobi used the starfighter's landing claw to attach onto the surface of an asteroid. After waiting for sometime, Kenobi ventured down to the surface of Geonosis and landed his craft on a rocky ridge. When the Clone Wars began, Kenobi used the starfighter in combat.
- "Beautiful ship."
- ―Jango Fett, to Boba Fett
Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi's Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor was manufactured by Kuat Systems Engineering under the guidance of Jedi Master Saesee Tiin and the Jedi Order. The interceptor's sleek chassis was wedge-shaped, measuring eight meters in length with a width of 3.93 meters; additionally, its depth was 1.44 meters. Two identical Taim co. sds8/5 laser cannons were mounted on the wings of the craft. The ultra-light craft also had the ability to launch proton torpedoes. Well shielded, the craft supported dual shield generators—one was fixed in the bow and the other was near the cockpit canopy. The partly armored starfighter had its wings painted maroon in color, while the central body sported white. A Galactic Republic emblem was painted on the starboard wing. Matching the wings of the craft, the integrated dome-only R4-series agromech droid R4-P17 was equally maroon in color.
The integrated droid served an important role on Kenobi's Delta-7 starfighter; the droid communicated with the Jedi Knight during flight via the ship's internal comlink systems. As he piloted the craft in the cockpit canopy, Kenobi used his gold-colored headset to hear R4's binary language. The droid also had control over the ship's internal functions, and used a number of them during Kenobi's assignment of uncovering the plot to assassinate the incumbent Naboo Senator Padmé Amidala in 22 BBY. When Slave I—the personal starfighter of the bounty hunter Jango Fett—targeted Kenobi's Delta-7 with a missile, the Jedi Knight ordered R4 to jettison the starfighter's spare part canisters, which were being held near the aft shield projector. Kenobi also relied on R4 when he needed to transmit and relay information via hologram. A small transmitter dish would erect near R4's astromech dome. R4 also controlled the fighter's supplementary scanning systems, which were located in the nose of the craft.
The Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor's reactor hub was below R4's astromech slot. The craft was not built with a hyperdrive at the request of the Jedi Order. Kuat Systems Engineering compensated the lack of a hyperdrive by handing out Syluire-31 hyperspace rings, designed specifically for the Delta-7s for deep space travel. Kenobi's hyperdrive ring had a class 1.0 rating and R4 herself took care of the hyperspace navigation. Outside of lightspeed, the vessel could accelerate up to 5,000 G in space. In an atmosphere, the starfighter's speed could go up to 12,000 km/h. In normal flight conditions, the starfighter only had five hours worth of fuel. The quick starfigher was capable of dogfighting in space. Kenobi was familiar with Fett's Slave I ship after he engaged Fett over the planet Albecus in his Delta-7 prototype; however, the Jedi Knight was forced to go on the defensive when he fought Fett over the world Geonosis in his standard Delta-7. It was the Delta-7's acceleration that allowed the Jedi Knight to outrun Slave I's missile and rapid twin blaster cannons. The dogfight, however, left the Delta-7 scared with blaster fire damage around R4. The landing gear of the vessel featured a claw which enabled extraplanetary surface landings. Following the dogfight against Fett, Kenobi landed the craft on an asteroid's surface. To access the cockpit canopy, Kenobi used the landing gear's foot step, located on both sides of the craft.
- "Oh, blast! This is why I hate flying."
- ―Kenobi, as he engages Jango Fett in a dogfight
Obi-Wan Kenobi's Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor began as an interceptor commissioned just before the outbreak of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY. Highly advanced and carrying sophisticated equipment, it was an expensive starfighter to produce. The ship was armed with four laser cannons (many of the fighters were upgraded to contain two extra cannons behind breakaway panels after recommendations based on the flight-test and subsequent modifications made by Jedi Master Saesee Tiin and Adi Gallia for increased performance), and an advanced communication and sensor array that kept the pilot of the ship well-prepared for any circumstance that might arise during space travel.
After Anakin Skywalker found a damaged R4-P17 during his inspection of the customizations to the Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor, he rebuilt the ship that would then be assigned to Obi-Wan Kenobi with an R2-series astromech dome. R4 became the prototype for other integrated droid navigators in Jedi starfighters. As part of the Delta-7, the agromech had a truncated body, which was permanently attached to the ship. Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi was then assigned this Delta-7 in his service to the Jedi Council.Cite error: Invalid
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One of the most famous encounters involving this ship was the tracking of bounty hunter Jango Fett by Obi-Wan through the asteroid fields of Geonosis. Jango noticed Kenobi in pursuit and attempted to finish off the Jedi once and for all by leading him through Geonosis' rings. Obi-Wan's Delta-7 was damaged and he was forced to hide on the back of an asteroid as Fett descended onto Geonosis. Kenobi then used the fighter to land near a gathering of Separatist ships. Upon discovering a plot of several systems scheming to secede from the Republic, Obi-Wan used the on-board holotranceiver to alert the Jedi Council. When he was captured while sending his message, the fighter was likely impounded by Separatist forces; however, it was apparently recovered after or during the battle that took place later on that planet, and saw further use by Kenobi during the advent of the Clone Wars.
When the Jedi began to transition away from the Delta-7, R4-P17 was removed from the ship and given a full astromech body to make her compatible with Obi-Wan's new Delta-7B. It is unknown what became of the Delta-7 after this.
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 18
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Attack of the Clones: Incredible Cross-Sections
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 4.0 4.1
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 The New Essential Chronology
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 71 ("R4-P17 (Arfour)")
- ↑ The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
- ↑ Hasbro's Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter at Rebelscum.com
- ↑ Hasbro's Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter & HYPERSPACE RING at Rebelscum.com
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