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*[[Carida Academy]]<ref name="Imperial Cadet 1">[[Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 1|''Han Solo - Imperial Cadet'' 1]]</ref>
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*[[DS-1 Death Star Mobile Battle Station|Death Star]]<ref name="Ultimate">''[[Ultimate Star Wars]]''</ref>
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*[[DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station]]<ref name="Ultimate" />
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*[[Lothal]]<ref name="Fighter Flight">{{Rebels|Fighter Flight}}</ref>
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*[[Mimban]]<ref name="Solo">''[[Solo: A Star Wars Story]]''</ref>
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*[[Sentinel Base]]<ref name="Tarkin">[[Tarkin (novel)|''Tarkin'']]</ref>
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|reorganized=Sometime after [[21 ABY]];{{Fact}} into the [[First Order TIE Fighter Pilot]]s<ref name="Episode VII">[[Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens|''Star Wars'': Episode VII ''The Force Awakens'']]</ref>
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**[[Army Air Corps]]<ref name="Dawn">''[[Dawn of Rebellion]]''</ref> {{C|Ground-hogs}}<ref name="LCZA" />
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**[[Imperial Starfighter Corps]]<ref name="Propaganda">''[[Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy]]''</ref> {{C|Vac-heads}}<ref name="LCZA" />}}
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{{Quote|Idiot.''"<br />"''That's fighter pilots for you. Twice the mouth because half the brain.|Two Imperials, regarding TIE pilots|Thrawn: Alliances}}
{{Quote|I can't shake him!|[[Luke Skywalker/Canon|Luke Skywalker]] tangles with a TIE fighter pilot during the [[Battle of Yavin/Canon|Battle of Yavin]]|Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope}}
 
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'''TIE fighter pilots''', also known as '''TIE pilots''',<ref name="Databank">{{Databank|tie-fighter|TIE fighter|archivedate=20200220131540}}</ref> or '''Imperial Starfighter Pilots''',<ref name="SWC">''[[Star Wars: Commander]]''</ref> were an elite class within the [[Imperial Military|military]] of the [[Galactic Empire]]. They [[pilot]]ed the [[TIE line]] series of starfighters, a line that includes the [[TIE/ln space superiority starfighter]], which was one of the Empire's most recognizable symbols of power, the [[TIE/sa bomber]] and [[TIE/IN interceptor]].<ref name="Manual">''[[TIE Fighter Owners' Workshop Manual]]''</ref> There were two nicknames for TIE pilots: the vac-heads, who operated in [[Realspace|space]] for the Empire's [[Imperial Navy]], and the ground-hogs, who operated in [[planet]]ary [[atmosphere]] for the [[Imperial Army]]. Because the vac-heads had better public recognition through [[propaganda]] posters and the [[HoloNet News]] reports, the ground-hogs were often resentful of them. The rivalry between ground-hogs and vac-heads was so intense that most Imperial flight bases had separate [[Cantina|bars]] for the two groups, with the notable exception of the [[Bright Jewel Oversector Flight Base]].<ref name="LCZA" />
'''TIE fighter pilots''' were an elite class within the [[Imperial Navy/Canon|Imperial Navy]] of the [[Galactic Empire/Canon|Galactic Empire]]. Only 10 percent of [[Cadet/Canon|cadets]] in the [[Imperial pilot training program]] graduated. Those who did tended to be both proud and arrogant. The precision and streamlined design of the [[TIE fighter]]&mdash;one of the Imperial Navy's most recognizable symbols of power&mdash;was a source of pride for TIE [[Pilot/Canon|pilots]].
 
   
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The precision and streamlined design of the TIE fighter was a source of pride for those pilots, who prided themselves for usually not needing [[deflector shield]]s or [[hyperdrive]]s, which they viewed as tools for the cowardly. Since TIE fighters were identical and interchangeable, TIE pilots might never fly the same ship twice and, as a result, rarely developed emotional ties to their craft.<ref name="VG" /> Nonetheless, they tended to be very protective of their vessel of the day, and loved to push around lower-ranked [[stormtrooper]]s. Very dedicated, TIE pilots were willing to surrender their lives for the greater glory of the Empire's [[New Order]].<ref name="RoR">''[[Rise of the Rebels]]''</ref>
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TIE fighter pilots could also engage in surface combat, with [[Squad Five (Nar Shaddaa)|Squad Five]] participating in a [[Rescue of Luke Skywalker|skirmish]] on [[Nar Shaddaa]].<ref name="SW 12">[[Star Wars (2015) 12|''Star Wars'' 12]]</ref>
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==Training==
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{{Quote|The rebels are a desperate group of extremists. They'll fight with any ship, using any means necessary to undermine our authority. That is why orders must be followed without question. Insubordination like yours will get you and your wingman killed.|Vult Skerris, lecturing TIE pilot cadet "[[Sabine Wren|Ria Talla]]"|The Antilles Extraction}}
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Graduates from prestigious flight academies across the galaxy underwent rigorous testing to become TIE pilots.<ref name="RO Visual Guide">''[[Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide]]''</ref> There was an Imperial flight training academy called [[Skystrike Academy]] on [[Montross]].<ref name="The Antilles Extraction" /> Of all the [[cadet]]s who underwent the [[Imperial pilot training program]], ninety percent never graduated.<ref name="VG" /> As a consequence, those who did tended to be both proud and arrogant. The final phase of testing often occurred onboard a larger battleship, such as a [[Star Destroyer]]. This was to expose cadets to realistic and relevant surroundings. During the [[Galactic Civil War]], TIE cadets often underwent literal trials by fire, plunged into combat situations where to excel was to survive.<ref name="RO Visual Guide" />
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Pilots were trained that aiding their fellow pilots was their lowest priority unless there was nothing else to do, with emphasis placed on completing the mission at hand and bringing their full force against enemy fighters. All pilots were also expected to be able to repair and maintain all single- and dual-pilot craft.<ref name="Lost Stars">''[[Lost Stars]]''</ref>
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==Equipment==
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[[File:Flight baron Valen Rudor.png|thumb|left|200px|Baron Rudor, with red stripes going down his helmet and sides, and white streaks below the eyes]]
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TIE fighter pilots wore a [[Color|black]] jumpsuit with pockets and zip-front, a reinforced [[Armor|helmet]] reminiscent of the stormtrooper design, and chest armor featuring an emergency atmospheric unit<ref name="RO Visual Guide" /> [[control box]] attached to two flexible [[gas]] transfer tubes plugged into their helmet.<ref name="VG" /> On TIE pilot belts, to their right of their belt-buckle was a comlink/transponder in a shockproof case. TIE pilots also wore positive-gravity pressure boots.<ref name="RO Visual Guide" />
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Some helmets had white stripes below the [[eye]]s,<ref name="A New Hope">[[Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope|''Star Wars'': Episode IV ''A New Hope'']]</ref> and some elite pilots such as [[Baron of the Empire/Canon|Baron]] [[Valen Rudor]] and [[Captain]] [[Vult Skerris]] had red or yellow stripes going down the middle of their helmets and sides.<ref name="The Antilles Extraction" /><ref name="Empire Day">{{Rebels|Empire Day (episode)|Empire Day}}</ref>
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TIE pilots could be equipped with an [[E-11 blaster rifle]]<ref name="SW 12" /> or a [[blaster pistol]].<ref name="TIE Fighter 3">[[TIE Fighter 3|''TIE Fighter'' 3]]</ref>
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==Behind the scenes==
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''[[Ultimate Star Wars]]'' first identified TIE fighter pilots as "human" in [[2015]].<ref name="Ultimate" /> ''[[Star Wars Helmet Collection 6]]'', released in [[2016]], stated that they were "various, mostly human", implying the existence of non-human pilots.<ref name="HC6">''[[Star Wars Helmet Collection 6]]''</ref> However, ''[[Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition]]'', released in [[2019]], stated "human" again.<ref name="USWNE">''[[Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition]]''</ref> As ''Star Wars Helmet Collection'' magazines do not explicitly credit the [[Lucasfilm Story Group]], then information from ''Ultimate Star Wars'' and ''Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition'', which both have Story Group credits, take precedence.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*''[[Star Wars: Galactic Defense]]''
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*''[[Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes]]''
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*''[[Star Wars Battlefront II]]''
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*[[Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 14|''Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith'' 14]]
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*[[Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 15|''Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith'' 15]]
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*[[Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 16|''Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith'' 16]]
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*''[[Adventures in Wild Space: The Snare]]''
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*''[[Adventures in Wild Space: The Rescue]]''
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*[[Tarkin (novel)|''Tarkin'']]
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*''[[Solo: A Star Wars Story]]''
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*[[Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 1|''Han Solo - Imperial Cadet'' 1]]
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*[[Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 2|''Han Solo - Imperial Cadet'' 2]]
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*[[Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 3|''Han Solo - Imperial Cadet'' 3]]
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*[[Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 4|''Han Solo - Imperial Cadet'' 4]]
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*[[Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 5|''Han Solo - Imperial Cadet'' 5]]
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*[[Thrawn (novel)|''Thrawn'']]
 
*''[[A New Dawn]]''
 
*''[[A New Dawn]]''
 
*''[[Lost Stars]]''
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*[[Lost Stars (webcomic)|''Lost Stars'' webcomic]]
*''[[Rise of the Rebels]]''
 
 
*{{HoloNetNews|post/97905253927/holonet-news-special-report-famed-imperial-pilot|Special Report: Famed Imperial Pilot Moves to Lothal|int=HoloNet News Special Report: Famed Imperial Pilot Moves to Lothal|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20141024111523/http://holonetnews.com/post/97905253927/holonet-news-special-report-famed-imperial-pilot}} {{Hologram}}
 
*{{Rebels|The Machine in the Ghost}}
 
*{{Rebels|The Machine in the Ghost}}
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*''[[Chopper Saves the Day]]''
 
*''[[Rise of the Rebels]]''
 
*{{Rebels|Entanglement}}
 
*{{Rebels|Entanglement}}
 
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*''[[Ezra's Gamble]]''
 
*{{Rebels|Property of Ezra Bridger}}
 
*{{Rebels|Property of Ezra Bridger}}
 
*''[[Ezra and the Pilot]]''
 
*''[[Ezra and the Pilot]]''
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*''[[The Rebellion Begins]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion]]''
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*{{Rebels|Fighter Flight}}
*''[[A New Hero]]''
 
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*{{Rebels|Out of Darkness}}
*''[[Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope]]'' {{1st}}
 
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*{{Rebels|Empire Day (episode)|Empire Day}}
*''[[Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]]''
 
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*{{Rebels|Idiot's Array (episode)|Idiot's Array}}
*''[[Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]''
 
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*{{Rebels|Call to Action}}
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*{{Rebels|Fire Across the Galaxy}}
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*{{InsiderCite|158|Rebel Bluff}} {{Mo}}
 
*''[[Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal]]''
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*''[[Star Wars Rebels: Strike Missions]]''
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*{{Rebels|Wings of the Master}}
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*{{SWRMCite|14|No Sympathy}} {{Hologram}}
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*''[[Leia, Princess of Alderaan]]'' {{Mo}}
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*''[[Leia Organa: Ordeal of the Princess]]''
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*{{Rebels|Legacy (episode)|Legacy}}
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*{{Rebels|Legends of the Lasat}}
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*{{Rebels|Homecoming}}
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*{{Rebels|The Forgotten Droid}}
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*{{Rebels|The Antilles Extraction}}
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*{{SWRMCite|33|Sons of the Sky}}
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*{{Rebels|Secret Cargo}}
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*{{Rebels|Double Agent Droid}}
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*{{Rebels|Zero Hour}}
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*''[[Thrawn: Alliances]]''
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*''[[Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore]]''
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*{{Rebels|The Occupation}}
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*{{Rebels|Flight of the Defender}}
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*{{Rebels|Kindred}}
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*{{Rebels|Rebel Assault}}
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*''[[Thrawn: Treason]]''
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*{{Rebels|Jedi Night}}
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*{{Rebels|Family Reunion – and Farewell}}
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*''[[Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure]]'' {{Mo}}
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*{{Shortstory|story=Stolen Valor|book=Age of Rebellion Special 1}} {{Hologram}}
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*''[[Rogue One: A Star Wars Story]]''
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*[[Rogue One Adaptation 6|''Rogue One Adaptation'' 6]]
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*''[[Bounty Hunt]]''
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*[[Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope|''Star Wars'': Episode IV ''A New Hope'']] {{1st}}
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*[[Star Wars: A New Hope (paperback novel)|''Star Wars: A New Hope'' junior novelization]]
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*''[[The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight]]''
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*''[[Star Wars Battlefront]]''
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*{{Shortstory|story=Desert Son|book=From a Certain Point of View}} {{Mo}}
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*{{Shortstory|story=Grounded|book=From a Certain Point of View}} {{Mo}}
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*''[[Battlefront II: Inferno Squad]]''
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*''[[Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure]]'' {{Imo}}
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*{{IDWAdventuresCite|year=2017|issue=5|story=[[The Trouble at Tibrin, Part II]]}}
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*''[[Heir to the Jedi]]''
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*[[Star Wars Annual 4|''Star Wars Annual'' 4]]
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*[[Han Solo 5|''Han Solo'' 5]]
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*[[Darth Vader (2015) 2|''Darth Vader'' 2]]
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*[[Target Vader 5|''Target Vader'' 5]] {{Flash}}
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*{{InsiderCite|156|Last Call at the Zero Angle}}
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*[[Vader - Dark Visions 2|''Vader - Dark Visions'' 2]]
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*{{Shortstory|story=Two Sides to Every Sortie|book=Empire Ascendant 1|bformatted=''Empire Ascendant'' 1|manual=1}} {{Imo}}
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*[[Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back|''Star Wars'': Episode V ''The Empire Strikes Back'']]
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*[[Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (paperback novel)|''Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back'' junior novelization]]
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*{{Shortstory|story=Amara Kel's Rules for TIE Pilot Survival (Probably)|book=From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back}}
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*[[Star Wars (2020) 1|''Star Wars'' 1]]
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*[[Star Wars (2020) 2|''Star Wars'' 2]] {{Voice}}
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*[[TIE Fighter 1|''TIE Fighter'' 1]]
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*[[TIE Fighter 2|''TIE Fighter'' 2]]
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*[[TIE Fighter 3|''TIE Fighter'' 3]]
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*[[TIE Fighter 4|''TIE Fighter'' 4]]
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*[[Bounty Hunters 3|''Bounty Hunters'' 3]] {{Mo}}
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*[[Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi|''Star Wars'': Episode VI ''Return of the Jedi'']]
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*[[Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (paperback novel)|''Star Wars: Return of the Jedi'' junior novelization]]
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*{{InsiderCite|issue1=149|issue2=150|Blade Squadron (short story)|Blade Squadron}}
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*{{Shortstory|story=The Levers of Power|book=The Rise of the Empire}}
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*[[TIE Fighter 5|''TIE Fighter'' 5]]
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*{{InsiderCite|160|Blade Squadron: Zero Hour}}
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*{{IDWAdventuresCite|Annual 2019|[[Hare-Brained Heist]]}} {{Mo}}
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*[[Alphabet Squadron (novel)|''Alphabet Squadron'']]
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*''[[Aftermath]]''
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*"[[The Light You Bring]]" {{Mo}}
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*"[[Count to Three]]"
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*{{Shortstory|story=The Ghost Ship|book=Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down}}
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*{{The Freemaker Adventures|A Hero Discovered}}
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*{{The Freemaker Adventures|Crossing Paths}}
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*{{The Freemaker Adventures|Return of the Kyber Saber}}
   
 
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*''[[Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars in 100 Scenes]]''
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*''[[Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide]]'' {{1stID}}
 
*''[[Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero]]''
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*''[[Star Wars Rebels: Beware the Inquisitor!]]''
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*{{LEGOCite|Rebels|75106|Imperial Assault Carrier}}
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*''[[Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Power!]]''
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*{{SWCT|Death Star Gunner - Galactic Empire - Base Series 1|Death Star Gunner - Galactic Empire - ''Base Series 1''}} {{Imo}}
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*[[Star Wars: Star Pilot (2015)|''Star Wars: Star Pilot'']]
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*''[[The Art of Star Wars: Uprising]]''
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*''[[Rey's Survival Guide]]''
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*''[[Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy]]''
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*''[[Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide]]''
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*''[[Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - The Official Collector's Edition]]''
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|6|multiple=[[Helmets|Helmets: TIE Fighter Pilot]]; [[Helmets|Helmets: In Pictures]]; [[Weapons & Uniforms|Weapons & Uniforms: The Imperial Fleet]]}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|9|Helmets|In Pictures}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|10|Helmets|In Pictures}} {{Po}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|12|Helmets|In Pictures}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|24|Databank A-Z|The HoloNet&ndash;General Hux}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|25|Databank A-Z|Hydroid Medusas&ndash;Imperial Academies}}
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*''[[Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia]]''
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*''[[Star Wars: On the Front Lines]]''
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*''[[Star Wars: A-wing Deluxe Book and 3D Wood Model]]''
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|33|Databank A-Z|Admiral Kilian&ndash;Kowakian}}
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*''[[Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles]]''
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*''[[Solo: A Star Wars Story: Tales from Vandor]]''
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*''[[Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, New Edition]]''
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*''[[Allies and Adversaries]]''
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*''[[TIE Fighter Owners' Workshop Manual]]''
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*{{SWKidsYoutube|3alogmynKtM|The Empire <nowiki>|</nowiki> Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts|archivedate=20200209212346}}
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*{{FFGXW2|Resistance Transport Expansion Pack|link=https://xwing-miniatures-second-edition.fandom.com/wiki/Angled_Deflectors|cardname=Angled Deflectors}} {{C|Reissued in ''[[Hotshots and Aces Reinforcements Pack]]''}} {{Po}}
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*''[[Star Wars: How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks and Other Galactic Survival Skills]]''
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*''[[Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition]]''
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*{{SW|url=/star-wars-squadrons-screenshots|text=''Star Wars: Squadrons'' Screenshots|archivedate=20200615175302}} {{Po}}
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*{{Databank|imperial-pilots|Imperial Pilots|archivedate=20180402090050}}
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*{{Databank|terisa-kerrill|Terisa Kerrill|archivedate=20200618234715}}
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*{{Databank|tie-fighter|TIE fighter|archivedate=20200220131540}} {{1stID|TIE pilot}}
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*{{Databank|varko-grey|Varko Grey|archivedate=20200914161402}}}}
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==External links==
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"Idiot."
"That's fighter pilots for you. Twice the mouth because half the brain."
―Two Imperials, regarding TIE pilots[src]

TIE fighter pilots, also known as TIE pilots,[12] or Imperial Starfighter Pilots,[13] were an elite class within the military of the Galactic Empire. They piloted the TIE line series of starfighters, a line that includes the TIE/ln space superiority starfighter, which was one of the Empire's most recognizable symbols of power, the TIE/sa bomber and TIE/IN interceptor.[14] There were two nicknames for TIE pilots: the vac-heads, who operated in space for the Empire's Imperial Navy, and the ground-hogs, who operated in planetary atmosphere for the Imperial Army. Because the vac-heads had better public recognition through propaganda posters and the HoloNet News reports, the ground-hogs were often resentful of them. The rivalry between ground-hogs and vac-heads was so intense that most Imperial flight bases had separate bars for the two groups, with the notable exception of the Bright Jewel Oversector Flight Base.[2]

The precision and streamlined design of the TIE fighter was a source of pride for those pilots, who prided themselves for usually not needing deflector shields or hyperdrives, which they viewed as tools for the cowardly. Since TIE fighters were identical and interchangeable, TIE pilots might never fly the same ship twice and, as a result, rarely developed emotional ties to their craft.[1] Nonetheless, they tended to be very protective of their vessel of the day, and loved to push around lower-ranked stormtroopers. Very dedicated, TIE pilots were willing to surrender their lives for the greater glory of the Empire's New Order.[15]

TIE fighter pilots could also engage in surface combat, with Squad Five participating in a skirmish on Nar Shaddaa.[16]

Training[edit | edit source]

"The rebels are a desperate group of extremists. They'll fight with any ship, using any means necessary to undermine our authority. That is why orders must be followed without question. Insubordination like yours will get you and your wingman killed."
―Vult Skerris, lecturing TIE pilot cadet "Ria Talla"[src]

Graduates from prestigious flight academies across the galaxy underwent rigorous testing to become TIE pilots.[17] There was an Imperial flight training academy called Skystrike Academy on Montross.[8] Of all the cadets who underwent the Imperial pilot training program, ninety percent never graduated.[1] As a consequence, those who did tended to be both proud and arrogant. The final phase of testing often occurred onboard a larger battleship, such as a Star Destroyer. This was to expose cadets to realistic and relevant surroundings. During the Galactic Civil War, TIE cadets often underwent literal trials by fire, plunged into combat situations where to excel was to survive.[17]

Pilots were trained that aiding their fellow pilots was their lowest priority unless there was nothing else to do, with emphasis placed on completing the mission at hand and bringing their full force against enemy fighters. All pilots were also expected to be able to repair and maintain all single- and dual-pilot craft.[18]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Baron Rudor, with red stripes going down his helmet and sides, and white streaks below the eyes

TIE fighter pilots wore a black jumpsuit with pockets and zip-front, a reinforced helmet reminiscent of the stormtrooper design, and chest armor featuring an emergency atmospheric unit[17] control box attached to two flexible gas transfer tubes plugged into their helmet.[1] On TIE pilot belts, to their right of their belt-buckle was a comlink/transponder in a shockproof case. TIE pilots also wore positive-gravity pressure boots.[17]

Some helmets had white stripes below the eyes,[19] and some elite pilots such as Baron Valen Rudor and Captain Vult Skerris had red or yellow stripes going down the middle of their helmets and sides.[8][20]

TIE pilots could be equipped with an E-11 blaster rifle[16] or a blaster pistol.[21]

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Ultimate Star Wars first identified TIE fighter pilots as "human" in 2015.[4] Star Wars Helmet Collection 6, released in 2016, stated that they were "various, mostly human", implying the existence of non-human pilots.[22] However, Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition, released in 2019, stated "human" again.[23] As Star Wars Helmet Collection magazines do not explicitly credit the Lucasfilm Story Group, then information from Ultimate Star Wars and Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition, which both have Story Group credits, take precedence.

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