"The TIE fighter is the mainstay of the Imperial Flight Branch […]"
Admiral Conan Antonio Motti, Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide[src]

The Flight Branch was a division of the Imperial Navy responsible for overseeing the flight operations of combat starships. It was also responsible for all of the Empire's starfighters, including the pilots and support personnel, through the Navy's Starfighter Corps.[2] It included the Flight Division, and several smaller support divisions.[1]

The Navy Order of Battle was under the purview of the Flight Branch.[3] Within the branch, junior specialist officers from captain downward had the prefix of "Flight" in front of their rank, to signify their affiliation to the branch. They also had positional titles for the pilots within the branch, including squadron leader, wing commander, and group captain. Personnel within the Flight Branch who ended up promoted beyond the rank of General within the specialist ranks often retained their honorific branch title of air marshal.[4]

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