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"I used to bull's-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home."
―Luke Skywalker[8]

T-16 skyhoppers, also known as the T-16 airspeeders, were Skyhoppers, that were personal repulsorlift airspeeders manufactured by Incom Corporation, recognizable by its distinctive tri-wing design. It was a popular, high-performance airspeeder due to its stable and reliable transportation on almost any world, and thus provided many youths with their first flight training.[1] The T-16's trihedral design greatly resembled that of the Imperial Lambda-class T-4a shuttle.[9][10]


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A T-16 in landing configuration

Luke Skywalker owned a T-16 skyhopper on Tatooine prior to the Battle of Yavin, as well as a small model that could be held in one's hands.[1] He would use the airspeeder's pneumatic cannon to kill womp rats. The controls were similar to Incom's T-65B X-wing starfighter, which greatly benefited Skywalker during the Battle of Yavin.[8]

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Behind the scenes[]

"Here we actually have the broken T-16 skyhopper that Obi-Wan pulled out to repair for Luke."
"Oh and there's little guys in the cockpit."
"The actual T-16 skyhopper was researched and referenced to recreate this prop itself."
―A member of the Lucasfilm Archives and Kristin Baver discussing the T-16 skyhopper toy prop used in Obi-Wan Kenobi[11]

The T-16 skyhopper toy prop used in Obi-Wan Kenobi

The T-16 skyhopper first appeared in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the first installment of the Star Wars original trilogy.[8] It was first identified in the 2015 reference book Ultimate Star Wars.[1]

During production of the Obi-Wan Kenobi television series, the prop making team made a broken T-16 skyhopper toy prop that was used in the series. The originial prop was researched and referenced to recreate the prop.[11]

BT-16 reference[]

"I'll check out that T-16."
―A stormtrooper[12]

The T-16 is mentioned by stormtroopers in "Part III," the third episode of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi, as a reference to a conversation in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope between two stormtroopers who are discussing the BT-16 while Obi-Wan Kenobi disables the tractor beam. References to that scene started by voice actor Sam Witwer who added similar lines in the sequel trilogy, which mention the T-17 and T-18, and in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story, which mention the T-15. The mention depended on the era.[13] "Chapter 8: Redemption" of the series The Mandalorian mentions the T-16 in a similar fashion too.[14] The scenes mention T-16, while the original conversation in A New Hope mentioned the BT-16.[8]


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