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The Imperial Starfighter Corps was the Starfighter Corps branch of the Imperial Navy during the Age of the Empire. It consisted of TIE fighter pilots and Imperial officers. Although the Corps was a component of the Navy, some pilots were assigned to ground operations with the Imperial Army's Air Corps.

Organization[edit | edit source]

The Imperial Starfighter Corps was the Starfighter Corps of the Galactic Empire's Imperial Navy military branch, with the Army Air Corps serving as the Starfighter Corps of the Imperial Army.[2] It was almost entirely composed of Imperial officers and Imperial Starfighter Pilots. Its organizational military structure including fighter wings,[5] flight groups,[6] squadrons,[7] and flights.[8] A full attack fighter wing was led by a Wing Commander[9] and consisted of six squadrons, which included seventy-two starships that made up the full starfighter complement of an Imperial-class Star Destroyer.[10] A flight group consisted of at least sixteen members.[6] A squadron was led by a squadron commander and consisted of twelve starships.[5] A squadron was then composed of several flights, which were led by lieutenants.[8]

Fighter wings could serve in the role of the starfighter support unit of a Star Destroyer, and thus were subordinate to the starship's commander,[11] or they could serve as an autonomous military unit that was headquartered aboard a Star Destroyer, with the ship and its crew supporting the fighter wing's operations.[5] Additionally, a single squadron within a fleet could serve as the premier military unit, with operations centered around them. One such squadron was Titan Squadron.[12]

Rank structure[edit | edit source]

Many military ranks were used within the Imperial Starfighter Corps, with a wing typically falling under the command of a Colonel. Majors served as high-ranking commanding officers within the wing. Second Lieutenant Commander was also used, and in at least once instance served as the squadron leader. The rank of captain was subordinate to that,[8] and was followed by First Lieutenant,[5] Senior Lieutenant,[7] Lieutenant,[8], and Flight Officer.[7] An awarded title was Baron of the Empire, which was rarely given out. Pilots who held this honor wore red streaks on their black pilot uniforms.[13] Notable figures who were given the title were Valen Rudor[14] and Titan Three of Titan Squadron.[15]

History[edit | edit source]

The Imperial Starfighter Corps was established after the Proclamation of the New Order when the Galactic Republic transitioned into the Galactic Empire. The Republic Starfighter Corps, although organized under the Republic Navy, was seen as an independent military branch. When the Corps became the Imperial Starfighter Corps, it was fully organized under the auspices of the Imperial Navy.[2]

Units[edit | edit source]

The 181st Fighter Wing was a fighter wing within the Imperial Starfighter Corps, and ships from the unit were characterized by red strips on the wings.[12] The 204th Imperial Fighter Wing, nicknamed "Shadow Wing," was an elite fighter wing that operated in various locations, and was predominantly headquartered in the ISD Pursuer. It was led by Colonel Shakara Nuress and subsequently Colonel Soran Keize and consisted of six squadrons, including Squadron Two, Squadron Three, Squadron Four, Squadron Five, and Squadron Six. It consisted of several flights, including a flight that was led by Lieutenant Palal Seedia.[8] Another fighter wing served as the starfighter complement of the ISD Bellicose, and included Beta Squadron.[11] Alpha Flight Group and Omega Flight Group served within the Corps, and participated in various actions during the Galactic Civil War.[6] Another flight group was Clone Flight Squad Seven, which originally served in the Clone Wars under the Galactic Republic.[16]

Many squadrons were part of the Corps, including Banshee Squadron from the ISD Solar Storm,[9] Darth Vader's Black Squadron from the Death Star,[17] Delta Squadron based on Lothal,[18] a squadron that entirely defected,[5] Sapphire Squadron,[19] Vixus Squadron,[20] and Yellow Squadron.[21]

The Third Fleet's flagship, ISD Firedrake, deployed Squadron One and Squadron Two.[22] The Seventh Fleet's flagship, ISD Chimaera, utilized Defender Squadron One, Squadron Two, Squadron Three, Squadron Four, and Squadron Five.[23] Prior to becoming the flagship of the Seventh Fleet, the Chimaera deployed Special Unit One.[24] The Imperial naval group Death Squadron contained a squadron led by Commander Gradd.[25] A TIE squadron was part of the fleet led by Commander Ellian Zahra.[26]

Elite squadrons were deployed during the war, including Tempest Squadron,[27] Titan Squadron,[12] and another elite squadron.[28]

Imperial cadet squadrons were also utilized in combat and as part of the Corps, including Carida Squadron from the Carida Academy[29] and Onyx Squadron.[30] Delta Flight was a flight headquartered on the planet Ryloth.[31]

Vehicles and machinery[edit | edit source]

As the premier Starfighter Corps of the Imperial Military, the Imperial Starfighter Corps was equipped with a various array of Imperial starfighters and craft.[2]

Starfighters[edit | edit source]

Starfighters were the core of the Imperial Starfighter Corps, with such models being the Aggressive ReConnaissance-170 starfighter,[21] the TIE fighter prototype which served as the precursor of the TIE line TIE/ln space superiority starfighter.[32] Other models were the TIE scout,[5] TIE/ag "Aggressor" Starfighter, TIE/ph "Phantom" Multi-Role Stealth Starfighter,[28] and the TIE/sk "Striker" x1 experimental air superiority fighter.[33]

Interceptors[edit | edit source]

The mainline interceptors included the Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptors,[34] Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighter,[31] followed by the TIE/IN interceptor,[35] with more advanced classes being the TIE/d "Defender" Multi-Role Starfighter,[36] TIE/D Defender Elite,[37] TIE Advanced v1, and the TIE Advanced x1.[38]

Heavy starfighters and bombers[edit | edit source]

Heavy starfighters and bombers included the TIE/gt which was the precursor of the[39] TIE/sa Surface Assault Bomber.[38] The TIE/ca capital assault "Punisher Starfighter was deployed,[28] as was the TIE/rb "Brute" reinforcement battery heavy starfighter.[40]

Large craft[edit | edit source]

The Imperial Starfighter Corps operated an arsenal of larger craft, including the VT-49 Decimator,[36] TIE Boarding Craft,[32] TIE lander,[41] TIE/rp Reaper attack lander,[42] and the TIE/sh shuttle.[43]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Imperial Starfighter Corps first appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope[4] and was identified in Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy.[1]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Dawn of Rebellion
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Alphabet Squadron
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars Battlefront
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 TIE Fighter 1
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Shadow Fall
  9. 9.0 9.1 SWInsider.png "Last Call at the Zero Angle"—Star Wars Insider 156
  10. Star Wars: TIE Fighter Deluxe Book and Model Set
  11. 11.0 11.1 Vader - Dark Visions 2
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Star Wars: Squadrons
  13. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  14. SWZ01 logo.png Star Wars: X-Wing Second EditionX-Wing Second Edition Core Set (Card: Valen Rudor)
  15. Star Wars: Squadrons
  16. Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 45 (Helmets: Commander Odd Ball)
  17. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  18. Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
  19. "The Levers of Power"—The Rise of the Empire
  20. Battlefront: Twilight Company
  21. 21.0 21.1 Tarkin
  22. Thrawn: Treason
  23. Thrawn: Alliances
  24. Thrawn
  25. SWInsider.png "Blade Squadron"—Star Wars Insider 149150
  26. Star Wars 1
  27. SWZ01 logo.png Star Wars: X-Wing Second EditionGalactic Empire Conversion Kit (Card: Tempest Squadron Pilot—TIE Advanced x1)
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Starships and Speeders
  29. Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 4
  30. Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition
  31. 31.0 31.1 "Mercy Mission"—The Rise of the Empire
  32. 32.0 32.1 TIE Fighter Owners' Workshop Manual
  33. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  34. Lords of the Sith
  35. StarWars-DatabankII.png TIE Interceptor in the Databank (backup link)
  36. 36.0 36.1 Star Wars: Commander
  37. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Flight of the Defender"
  38. 38.0 38.1 Ultimate Star Wars
  39. Star Wars: Complete Vehicles
  40. StarWars-DatabankII.png Imperial heavy TIE fighter in the Databank (backup link)
  41. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  42. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  43. Pirate's Price
Imperial Navy units
Command units and bureaus
Admiralty (Imperial Navy High Command) · Imperial Navy Judicial Panel · Logistics Division · Naval chiefs · Naval Command and Control · Naval Intelligence Agency · Office of the Navy's barrister advocate · Orbital Command
Numbered fleets
Third Fleet · Seventh Fleet · Eleventh Fleet · 14th Sector Fleet · 15th Deep Core Reserve Fleet
Sector and system fleets
Anoat sector fleet · Cerberon system space force · Lothal sector fleet · Mon Cala Imperial Trade Fleet · Shu-Torun Loyalist/Imperial Delving Fleet · Unidentified Inner Rim system fleet
Battle groups
Assertor · Cymoon system · Echelon · Ellian Zahra's assault group · Ilum · Unidentified battle group · Wrath
Fleets and squadrons
Death Squadron · Death Star's fleet · Desevro fleet · Rae Sloane's fleet · Royen's fleet · Unidentified Imperial armada · Valco Pandion's fleet
Blockades and task forces
Ninety-Sixth · One Oh Third · One Twenty-Fifth · 231 · Carlou Gendling's task force · Ellian Zahra's secondary strike force · Iktotch blockade · Mon Cala blockade · Ralchio Nervi's task force · Scipio blockade
Convoys and flotillas
Convoy 8766 · Sentinel Base's flotilla · Unidentified Imperial convoy
Other units
Death Star's Imperial Navy garrison · Imperial Navy's officer corps (Chimaera's bridge officer corps · Death Star trooper officer corps) · Imperial Starfighter Corps · Logistics corps · Military Police (Scarif Military Police garrison)
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Imperial Starfighter Corps units
Wings
181st · 204th Imperial · Unidentified fighter wing
Flight groups
Alpha · Clone Flight Squad Seven · Omega
Squadrons
One · Two · Two (Firedrake) · Two (204th) · Three · Three (204th) · Four · Four (204th) · Five · Five (204th) · Six · Banshee · Beta · Black · Carida · Defender Squadron One · Delta · Gradd's squadron · Helix · Nath Tensent's squadron · Obsidian · Onyx · Sapphire · Soran Keize's squadron · Special Unit One · Storm · Tempest · Titan · Unidentified elite squadron · Unidentified elite squadron (TIE Advanced x1) · Unidentified TIE squadron · Unidentified TIE squadron (Eadu) · Vixus · Yellow · Yrica Quell's squadron
Flights
Delta · Palal Seedia's flight
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