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.
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. It was almost entirely composed of Imperial officers and Imperial Starfighter Pilots. Its organizational military structure including fighter wings, flight groups, squadrons, and flights. A full attack fighter wing was led by a Wing Commander and consisted of six squadrons, which included seventy-two starships that made up the full starfighter complement of an Imperial-class Star Destroyer. A flight group consisted of at least sixteen members. A squadron was led by a squadron commander and consisted of twelve starships. A squadron was then composed of several flights, which were led by lieutenants.
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, 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.
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, and was followed by First Lieutenant, Senior Lieutenant, Lieutenant, and Flight Officer.
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.
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. Another fighter wing served as the starfighter complement of the ISD Bellicose, and included Beta Squadron. Alpha Flight Group and Omega Flight Group served within the Corps, and participated in various actions during the Galactic Civil War.
Many squadrons were part of the Corps, including Banshee Squadron from the ISD Solar Storm, Darth Vader's Black Squadron from the Death Star, Delta Squadron based on Lothal, a squadron that entirely defected, Sapphire Squadron, Vixus Squadron, and Yellow Squadron.
The Third Fleet's flagship, ISD Firedrake, deployed Squadron One and Squadron Two. The Seventh Fleet's flagship, ISD Chimaera, utilized Defender Squadron One, Squadron Two, Squadron Three, Squadron Four, and Squadron Five. Prior to becoming the flagship of the Seventh Fleet, the Chimaera deployed Special Unit One. The Imperial naval group Death Squadron contained a squadron led by Commander Gradd. A TIE squadron was part of the fleet led by Commander Ellian Zahra.
Imperial cadet squadrons were also utilized in combat and as part of the Corps, including Carida Squadron from the Carida Academy and Onyx Squadron. Delta Flight was a flight headquartered on the planet Ryloth.
Vehicles and machineryEdit
Starfighters were the core of the Imperial Starfighter Corps, with such models being the Aggressive ReConnaissance-170 starfighter, the TIE fighter prototype which served as the precursor of the TIE line TIE/ln space superiority starfighter. Other models were the TIE scout, TIE/ag "Aggressor" Starfighter, TIE/ph "Phantom" Multi-Role Stealth Starfighter, and the TIE/sk "Striker" x1 experimental air superiority fighter.
The mainline interceptors included the Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptors, Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighter, followed by the TIE/IN interceptor, with more advanced classes being the TIE/d "Defender" Multi-Role Starfighter, TIE/D Defender Elite, TIE Advanced v1, and the TIE Advanced x1.
Heavy starfighters and bombersEdit
Heavy starfighters and bombers included the TIE/gt which was the precursor of the TIE/sa Surface Assault Bomber. The TIE/ca capital assault "Punisher Starfighter was deployed, as was the TIE/rb "Brute" reinforcement battery heavy starfighter.
The Imperial Starfighter Corps operated an arsenal of larger craft, including the VT-49 Decimator, TIE Boarding Craft, TIE lander, TIE/rp Reaper attack lander, and the TIE/sh shuttle.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Imperial Starfighter Corps first appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and was identified in Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy.
- LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters – "Obstacle Course" (Non-canonical source)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "A Hero Discovered"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Crossing Paths"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return of the Kyber Saber"
- Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy (First identified as Imperial Starfighter Corps)
- Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 1 (Building the Galaxy: Designing R2-D2, Part 1) (Picture only)
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- Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 6 (Building the Galaxy: Filming R2-D2, Part 3) (Picture only)
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- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 71 (Helmets: General Merrick; Helmets: In Pictures) (Picture only)
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Dawn of Rebellion
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Alphabet Squadron
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars Battlefront
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 TIE Fighter 1
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Shadow Fall
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 "Last Call at the Zero Angle"—Star Wars Insider 156
- ↑ Star Wars: TIE Fighter Deluxe Book and Model Set
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Vader - Dark Visions 2
- ↑ Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
- ↑ "The Levers of Power"—The Rise of the Empire
- ↑ Battlefront: Twilight Company
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Tarkin
- ↑ Thrawn: Treason
- ↑ Thrawn: Alliances
- ↑ Thrawn
- ↑ "Blade Squadron"—Star Wars Insider 149–150
- ↑ Star Wars 1
- ↑ X-Wing: Second Edition – Galactic Empire Conversion Kit (Card: )
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 Starships and Speeders
- ↑ Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 4
- ↑ Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 "Mercy Mission"—The Rise of the Empire
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 TIE Fighter Owners' Workshop Manual
- ↑ Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- ↑ Lords of the Sith
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 Star Wars: Commander
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Flight of the Defender"
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Vehicles
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations
- ↑ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- ↑ Pirate's Price