During the Clone Wars, the Jedi used Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptors, Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptors, and the subsequently developed Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor. The clone trooper pilots under their command flew the V-19 Torrent starfighter, the Aggressive ReConnaissance-170 starfighter, the Clone Z-95 starfighter, the Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighter, and two-seat BTL Y-wing starfighters. Grand Master Yoda operated his own customized Actis-class fighter.
The Separatists, who opposed the Republic in the Clone Wars, used droid starfighters like Vulture-class starfighters, droid tri-fighters, and Hyena-class bombers, but also built fighters for their commanders, such as the Belbullab-22 starfighter, the Rogue-class starfighter, and the Ginivex-class starfighter. Many of the droid starfighters survived the Clone War and were used by rebels fighting against the Empire, such as Cham Syndulla and Berch Teller.
The Imperial Military inherited some of the starfighter classes of the Republic Navy, but by the time of the Galactic Civil War, it was reliant on the TIE line. This new generation of vehicles, powered by twin ion engines, were developed from technology used in the old Republic starfighter classes. These craft included the famous TIE/LN starfighter, TIE Advanced v1, TIE Advanced x1, TIE Striker, TIE/IN interceptor, TIE/D Defender, and TIE/sa bomber. The Empire did also deploy VT-49 Decimators on occasion as bombers. In addition to Imperial use, numerous TIE/LNs were given to the Mining Guild and converted to Mining Guild TIE fighters.
Contrastively, the Rebel Alliance Starfighter Corps used a variety of classes like RZ-1 A-wing interceptors, A/SF-01 B-wing starfighters, T-65B X-wing starfighters, one- and two-seat BTL Y-wing starfighters, Z-95 Headhunters, and HWK-290 light freighters converted to bombers. They also used a small number of two-seat RZ-1Ts, which were A-wings converted to two-seat trainers that retained full combat capability. In addition, some of the light freighters used by the Alliance boasted maneuverability and armament equivalent to many starfighters flown by the Empire, with powerful shields more commonly seen on large capital ships.
By the time of the First Order–Resistance conflict, the New Republic Starfleet used the T-85 X-wing. The Resistance's Starfighter Corps used an older model, the T-70 X-wing fighter donated by sympathetic senators. They also made use of a small number of single-seat A-wings.
The First Order Navy continued the TIE line that the Empire had begun, with the new models upgraded to modern combat standards. This new generation of TIEs included the TIE/fo space superiority fighter and the two-seat TIE/sf space superiority fighter used by the Special Forces
Starfighters unique to certain cultures included the Naboo N-1 starfighter; The Geonosian Nantex-class; The Mandalorian Kom'rk-class fighters and Fang fighter; the Huttese HH-87 Starhopper, and the Umbaran starfighter. The Corellian Engineering Corporation designed the VCX-series auxiliary starfighter to attach to their VCX-100 light freighters.
Notes and referencesEdit
- List of Star Wars starfighters on Wikipedia