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"There's nothing you could have done to avoid a crash, master. I've never seen such a dense debris field around a planet. I don't think even Plo Koon could have gotten a T-6 through it safely."
Anakin Skywalker comforts Obi-Wan Kenobi over crashing a T-6 shuttle on the planet Carnelion IV[4]

The T-6 shuttle, also called the Jedi T-6 shuttle, was an unarmed transport used by the Jedi Order. An older design, it saw greater use during the Clone Wars.[2] By the time of the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, the shuttle cockpit was used in the design of the A/SF-01 B-wing starfighter.[5]


Manufactured by the Verpine hives of Slayn & Korpil,[6] the semicircular T-6 shuttle featured a rotating engine block and cockpit that oriented with the rest of the ship when landed or in flight. In its landing configuration, the ship sat horizontally, supported by a trio of landing gear. The cockpit, somewhat conical in shape, remained aligned with the body of the craft, with the three engines likewise horizontally aligned with the body of the shuttle. When entering flight mode, the cockpit and the engine block rotated ninety degrees. The craft had one loading ramp, located on the port side of the engine block. Shuttles of this class featured ejector seats that, when launched, enclosed the being in a flexible, cushioned survival capsule.[7]

Due to its role as an ambassadorial craft, the T-6 shuttle lacked weaponry, but was equipped with a hyperdrive. Furthermore, the craft's spacious interior provided for reasonably comfortable space travel. When pressed into service during the Clone Wars, Republic T-6 shuttles were adorned with a Galactic Roundel and painted in the red-and-white color scheme of the Grand Army of the Republic, though they remained unarmed.[6] Decades later, T-6 shuttles that were a part of the fleet assembled by Lando Calrissian were equipped with aftermarket weaponry added on either side of the cockpit.[3]


General Grievous stands atop a T-6 shuttle during the Clone Wars.

T-6 shuttles were designed for the Jedi Order, which employed the craft since at least 32 BBY, when Jedi Master Sifo Dyas was shot down in a T-6 shuttle over the Oba Diah moon.[8] Their use by the Jedi, primarily in times of peace, earned them the nickname "Jedi ambassador shuttles," although elite citizens of the Republic capital planet Coruscant used the craft as well. Following the capture of the Duros bounty hunter Cad Bane, the T-6 shuttle was used to transport Jedi Masters Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Bane, and Clone Commander CC-2224 to Bane's hideout in the asteroid-strewn Rogue Antar system to retrieve a stolen holocron. However, the space station proved to be a trap—Bane eluded his captors and activated the hideout's self-destruct sequence before departing in an escape pod. Windu, Kenobi, and Commander Cody left in their shuttle with the recovered holocron before the station exploded.[9]

Following the destruction of the Felucia medical station, Jedi Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano took a T-6 shuttle to Felucia to investigate the medical center's disappearance. Upon their arrival, the shuttle was attacked by vulture droids launched from a deployment pod. The droid starfighters shot and disabled the unarmed shuttle, but the trio of Jedi escaped using their ejector seats before the shuttle collided with a mountain on the planet's surface.[10]

Around 21 BBY, Jedi Plo Koon and Ahsoka Tano used a T-6 shuttle to travel to Florrum in search of the bounty hunters Boba Fett, Aurra Sing, and Bossk, who had taken hostages from the crew of the Star Destroyer Endurance. The Jedi confronted the renegades on the planet and rescued two of the hostages, capturing Fett and Bossk in the process. The T-6 shuttle was then used to transport the Republic forces and their captives to the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center on Coruscant.[11] Another T-6 shuttle was used by Padawan Tano and Pantoran Senator Riyo Chuchi to travel to a Trade Federation Droid Control Ship above Pantora during their search for the kidnapped daughters of Pantoran Chairman Notluwiski Papanoida.[12] Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker later used a shuttle to journey to Dathomir to uncover the origins of a dark side warrior, Savage Opress, who was responsible for the deaths of two Jedi. After learning that Opress was on Toydaria, the duo took the craft to the Toydarian homeworld to confront the acolyte. The shuttle was destroyed by Opress as he made his escape.[13]

After the Battle of Endor, Ahsoka Tano used one of these starships to travel to Lothal and pick up Sabine Wren, in order to begin their search for the Jedi Ezra Bridger.[14] A number of T-6 shuttles were retrofitted with armament and participated in the Battle of Exegol as part of the Citizens' Fleet of over 16,000 starships to aid the Resistance in their fight against the Sith Eternal forces.[3]

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Behind the scenes[]

A T-6 shuttle docked at an Alderaanian city

The T-6 shuttle first appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.[7]

The online guide for "Revival," the first episode of The Clone Wars: Season Five, incorrectly identifies an Eta-class shuttle as a T-6 shuttle.[15]



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