- "You may be the hottest bush pilot this side of Mos Eisley, Luke, but those little skyhoppers can be dangerous. They move awfully fast for tropospheric craft—faster than they need to. Keep playing engine jockey with one and someday, whammo! You're going to be nothing more than a dark spot on the damp side of a canyon wall."
- ―Biggs Darklighter, to Luke Skywalker
The T-16 skyhopper was a high-performance airspeeder.
- "T-16s are a lot like the snubfighters we're using."
"I know, I looked one over. I'm sure I can handle it."
- ―Biggs Darklighter and Luke Skywalker, before the Battle of Yavin
Civilian versions of the skyhopper were armed with pneumatic cannons, and were equipped with targeting lasers though many law-enforcement agencies and planetary militaries throughout the galaxy utilized modified T-16s due to their overall good performance. However, because it was armed with only a single mounted repeating blaster, it was often overlooked by the military.
The skyhopper was a common sight across the galaxy, with versions of the craft found on nearly every settled world. The T-16 was identified by its tri-wing design and triangular cabin. The three wings, which were reproduced in countless Imperial transports, provided excellent stability. The central airfoil segmented the canopy and blocked much of the pilot's view, but computer displays and a holographic mapping system compensated for this decreased field of view.
The speeder had a top speed of approximately 1,200 kilometers per hour, and the two repulsor generators provided lift up to 300 meters. Many young pilots preferred skyhoppers over landspeeders because of the increased maneuverability.
Kodo Arr, the self-proclaimed "galaxy's best smuggler", owned a T-16. He claimed that if you put a "hundred large" credits into it, it could become a great craft. He once smuggled a box larger than the speeder on Nar Shaddaa, which almost broke the craft.
Luke Skywalker owned a T-16 on his home planet of Tatooine, where he would use womp rats as target practice and race through Beggar's Canyon with his friend, Biggs Darklighter. After an incident where Skywalker "threaded the needle" during a dangerous run through Beggar's Canyon, the T-16 ended up undergoing repairs at the Lars Homestead, repairs that were ultimately not completed by the time of the battle between the Tantive IV and the Devastator.
Behind the scenes
In A New Hope, Luke is seen playing with a model of a T-16, which in reality was the prop miniature built by Colin Cantwell. The actual prop could not be completed, and an incomplete hull can be seen as a matte painting in the background. Supplemental material explained that Luke's T-16 had been damaged, so he used his landspeeder to search for R2-D2.
In Attack of the Clones, a T-16 can be seen in the background of the homestead garage scene.
In the 1998 video game Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, the first bonus mission is a T-16 skyhopper race between the player (Luke Skywalker), Wedge Antilles, Zev Senesca, and Dak Ralter. In the game's sequels Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, the player flies a T-16 for the non-canon training.
Some of the speeder points (flight paths, in MMO terms) in the 2011 video game Star Wars: The Old Republic use a vehicle of similar design - also referred to as a skyhopper - to travel to various points. The skyhopper is most often used on Balmorra and Voss, due to their largely mountainous terrains that inhibit the use of regular speeders.
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Notes and references
- Galaxy Guide 7: Mos Eisley
- The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
- Arms & Equipment Guide
- Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- The Official Star Wars Fact File
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope radio drama
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Star Wars: Rebel Assault
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
- Heir to the Empire Sourcebook