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The etheric rudder was a device for maneuvering starfighters. It allowed them to make sharp turns without the use of attitude thrusters, allowing for precision thrust vectoring and enhanced maneuverability; in the case of 4L4 fusial thrust engines, maneuverability was so increased that pilots likened it to flying a T-16 skyhopper in atmospheric flight.[2] Etheric rudder prototypes were also used on Recon-Xs.[3]

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The term was created by Timothy Zahn for Heir to the Empire. He felt that the term never quite caught on, and thus was quietly dropped.[4]

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