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"The ship was hit by a strange T.I.E. Fighter that was tumbling out of control. Our hyperdrive initiated and drove us straight into this planet."
―The survivor of the Tzarina crash, to a passing-by spacer[src]

The strange T.I.E. Fighter was the nickname given to an unidentified T.I.E. starfighter variant that provoked the crash of the Tzarina, a luxury liner of the Star Tours company.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

The "strange T.I.E. fighter" was mentioned in a quest of the defunct Star Wars Galaxies massively multiplayer online game. In Galaxies, the name of the craft was spelled as a proper acronym, with each letter having its own termination mark.[1] However, most sources, including the 2003 reference book The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, refer to the models of the whole TIE Series without punctuation.[2] The only exception is the T.I.E. starfighter, the forerunner to the standard Imperial vessel.[3]

The description of an unusual TIE fighter tumbling out of control in the Yavin system[1] matches the fate of the advanced prototype piloted by Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, during the Battle of Yavin sequence.[4] However, the 2003 comic Empire 14: The Savage Heart showed the whereabouts of Vader's fighter, and no mention of a collision with another starship was made.[5]



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