- "Therein lies the future of the galaxy."
- ―Jorus C'baoth
Outbound Flight was the main ship of the Outbound Flight Project. It consisted of a central fuselage surrounded by six Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers designated D-One through D-Six; together, the massive ship was known as Outbound Flight.
The Central Storage Core was the main hub of Outbound Flight, and contained the food and supplies that the colonists would need on their journey. The core was surrounded by six Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers arranged with the storage capacity so that if any of the six Dreadnaughts detached, they could each easily load one-sixth of its supplies into their ship. In fact, it was planned that one Dreadnaught would be left behind for defense in the event that a colony was established. On each Dreadnaught was a dining room or cafeteria in which the colonists ate their meals. There was talk of decorating each of the different cafeterias with themes from different parts of the galaxy, but the request was turned down.
The Combined Operations Center or ComOps Center for Outbound Flight was located on Dreadnaught-One just behind the bridge/monitor room complex, stretching for thirty meters between the two main bow corridors. From this area, Captain Pakmillu had control over all six Dreadnaughts. All 200 single-seat landspeeders and swoops used for transportation around Outbound Flight could be controlled from this point.
The configuration of the Dreadnaughts gave Outbound Flight a very formidable armament of one hundred twenty quad laser cannons, sixty laser cannons, and sixty turbolaser batteries. The 50,000 passengers were housed in a mobile space station composed of the central fuselage.
Preparation began in 29 BBY and the expedition departed from Yaga Minor in 27 BBY. While nominally commanded by Captain Pakmillu, Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth quickly assumed more and more control over the operations of Outbound Flight.
Darth Sidious sent Special Task Force One to destroy Outbound Flight, but that was decimated by a CEDF force led by the young Mitth'raw'nuruodo, who would later become the infamous Grand Admiral Thrawn. Kinman Doriana, the leader of the task force who was spared, then convinced Thrawn to take on the task of eliminating Outbound Flight.
While Thrawn had hoped to simply force Outbound Flight to turn back from Chiss space and return to the Republic, C'baoth's stubbornness made this impossible. When the Outbound Flight entered the Unknown Regions, it was encountered by the Vagaari as well as the Chiss. As the Vagaari fleet stormed towards the Outbound Flight, C'baoth performed a Force meld to trick the enemy. At that moment Thrawn launched droid starfighters to engage the confused Vagaari, creating a large disturbance in the Force which overwhelmed the meld participants. During the disturbance, C'baoth and his fellow Jedi failed to detect the Chiss forces that were sneaking in, and Thrawn managed to systematically destroy the weapon clusters of the Outbound Flight, killing almost every Jedi aboard. Enraged, Jorus gave into his anger and succumbed to the dark side and Force-choked Thrawn across space from Outbound Flight's bridge itself, almost killing him. However, before Thrawn could die, Doriana activated the secondary command layer pre-set in the droid starfighters, which then rammed and blasted open the Outbound Flight. The final wave of starfighters employed a radiation bomb of Chiss design on the ship, killing C'baoth and most of the passengers aboard.
Only Jedi Knight Lorana Jinzler and fifty-seven colonists, whom Jorus C'baoth imprisoned in the core, managed to survive the bombs. Lorana, along with Thrass, sent the ship into lightspeed and crashed it into a planet later known as part of the star cluster The Redoubt. Outbound Flight entered the gravitational field of the nearby planet, and with the craft's thrusters burnt out, Thrass and Lorana had to crash-land the craft. A stone-filled trench was chosen to absorb the impact of landing. A few moments before impact, Lorana and Thrass realized the fifty-seven survivors had moved from the central storage core to D-4, the Dreadnaught on the opposite side of D-1, their location. Lorana and Thrass knew they would have to land on D-1 to save D-4, and gave their lives so that the remaining colonists would have a chance for survival.
In 22 ABY, Chiss explorers discovered the remains of Outbound Flight and its support ships fifty years after its destruction. The survivors of the project had founded a meager, self-sufficient colony on the planet that Lorana and Thrass landed them on.
However, the Vagaari (disguised as peaceful Geroon) attempted to destroy the surviving colonists and the Chiss along with their Jedi, New Republic, and Empire of the Hand allies during the Battle of the Redoubt. They succeeded in detaching a Dreadnaught from the wreckage, although they were foiled by a Delta-12 Skysprite and the Chiss fleet.
Crew and passengersEdit
- Senior Watch Officer Algrann
- Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth
- Jedi Master Evrios
- Senior Watch Officer Grassling
- Jedi Knight Lorana Jinzler
- Jobe Keely
- Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Jedi Master Justyn Ma'Ning
- Commander Omano
- Captain Pakmillu
- Dillian Pressor
- Jorad Pressor
- Katarin Pressor
- Senior Watch Officer Sivv
- Padawan Anakin Skywalker
- Brace Tarkosa
- Reactor Tech 4 Chas Uliar
- Outbound Flight
- Tatooine Ghost (Mentioned only)
- Survivor's Quest (First appearance)
- Dark Nest I: The Joiner King (Mentioned only)
- Crosscurrent (Mentioned only)
- "Strangers Among Us: The Aliens Who Built the Galactic Empire"—Star Wars Insider 96
- Starships of the Galaxy (Saga Edition)
- Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 (Card: Her Name Is Mara Jade)
- The Unknown Regions
- The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
- The Essential Atlas
- The Essential Reader's Companion