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OS-72-8 was the designation of a TIE pilot who served in the Imperial Navy by[1] 3 ABY. By that year,[3] the pilot was stationed aboard[2] the Star Destroyer[4] Devastator, and had also joined the Imperial Obsidian Squadron, flying under the call sign of Obsidian 8. While flying under the call sign of Obsidian 8, OS-72-8 flew a modified TIE/LN starfighter used most often to pursue raiders attempting to take refuge in the upper atmosphere of nearby planets. The pilot had also left the Devastator before[2] the Empire's occupation of the planet Bespin in 3 ABY.[3]

During Bespin's occupation, the YT-1300 light freighter Millennium Falcon managed to escape the planet,[5] and OS-72-8 was among the TIE pilots who subsequently pursued the freighter.[1] However, the TIE fighters were unable to capture the Millennium Falcon, with the freighter managing to evade Imperial capture in space.[5]

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The OS-72-8 name was first used for 2003's The Empire Strikes Back expansion set of Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars Trading Card Game. OS-72-8 was identified as the designation of a TIE fighter seen in[6] the 1980 original trilogy film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back,[5] though Decipher, Inc.'s 1997 Cloud City Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game had previously identified the fighter as "Obsidian 8."[2] The 2008 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia resolved the issue by identifying OS-72-8 as the pilot[1] of the Obsidian 8 TIE fighter seen in The Empire Strikes Back.[5] Before the film's May 21, 1980 release,[7] OS-72-8's fighter appeared simultaneously in The Empire Strikes Back Storybook[8] and the film's novelization,[9] both released April 12 of the same year.[10][11]



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