- "Attention YT-2400 freighter, we're here to assist."
- ―Hera Syndulla contacts Iron Squadron
The YT-2400 light freighter, also known as the YT-2400 transport, was a class of YT-series light freighter. During the Imperial Era, this model of freighter was used by both the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic. The YT-2400 also saw use under cargo haulers and pirates.
Exterior and HullEdit
The YT-2400 light freighter was a stock cargo hauler produced by the Corellian Engineering Corporation (CEC) as a part of their YT-series line of starships. The YT-2400 had the same basic disc-shaped hull most YT-series had, but was set apart by its tubular cockpit that was connected to the hull by two starboard bracing arms. Behind the cockpit was the ship's main escape pod, capable of ferrying six passengers. Opposite the primary escape pod and inside the YT-2400's cargo area was a secondary escape pod. The YT-2400's hull was protected by reinforced bulkhead frames and double-armored plating. The freighter was 18.65 meters in length and 28.5 meters in width. Despite sharing many parts with the CEC YT-1300 light freighter, the YT-2400 was more compact and maneuverable, and could be easily operated by a single pilot.
A stock YT-2400 light freighter came equipped with dual laser cannons mounted on Corellian 1D servo turrets. The freighter was armed with 2 of these units, one dorsal and one ventral. The YT-2400 also had 13 weapon emplacement points built in for ease of modification. The stock configuration used 6 of these emplacements, leaving 7 free.
Speed and energyEdit
The YT-2400 light freighter could reach atmospheric speeds up to 800 kph. The freighter came with a Class 2 hyperdrive and a Class 12 backup hyperdrive, both backed by a Navicomputer. The standard YT-2400 was equipped with deflector shields. Powering the freighter was a power core that output nearly twice the amount of other YT models. This extra energy allowed for oversized engines and additional modifications.
Storage and capacityEdit
A YT-2400 light freighter was manned by a crew of 3 and had room for 6 passengers. Crew quarters and living areas were located within the ship's bracing arms. Not as spacious as other YT-series models, the YT-2400 made up for this with it's ease of modification and extra cargo space; being able to haul 150 metric tons worth.
The YT-2400 light freighter was developed and produced by Corellian Engineering Corporation. CEC promoted their YT-2400 as having the best features of a YT-1300 light freighter, in a smaller, more compact design. Upon release CEC noted that customers preferred the wide bar engine popularized by the YT-1300, which the YT-2400 lacked. Although CEC did not offer cylindrical engines as a standard option for the YT-2400 they did authorized the release of modification kits that enabled the installation of cylindrical engines. After unveiling the YT-2400, CEC discontinued their YT-2000 transport model early, despite it's good sales.
- "Unidentified freighter, this is the freighter Slipknot. Looks like you’re scorching out of here. Need any assistance?"
- ―Ensign Eli Vanto aboard the Slipknot, contacting Nevil Cygni's Nomad ship
During the Batonn insurgency, in the Age of the Galactic Empire, Imperial Admiral Thrawn and ensign Eli Vanto used a YT-2400 freighter known as the Slipknot to pose as weapons smugglers in order to board Nevil Cygni's Nomad starship. The freighter was destroyed when the pair needed a distraction to escape the Nomad ship.
Early rebellion against the Galactic EmpireEdit
- "Ship needs a little work."
"Try not to touch anything, it's organized the way we like it."
"If you like a junk pile."
- ―Sabine Wren and Gooti Terez aboard the YT-2400 light freighter Sato's Hammer
The Wookiee Lohgarra captained a YT-2400 light freighter known as the Mighty Oak Apocalypse (often referred to as MOA). In 3 BBY, Lohgarra agreed to transport Apprentice Legislators Amilyn Holdo and Leia Organa aboard the MOA to the planet Pamarthe. Lohgarra and the MOA would later join the Rebel Alliance fleet during the Galactic Civil War.
A rebel cell known as Iron Squadron used the YT-2400 freighter Sato's Hammer as their home base. Once belonging to the famed Jun Sato, the dilapidated ship served the young rebels well when it helped them damage an Imperial cruiser. Iron Squadron leader, Mart Mattin, would later take Sato's Hammer and leave the Rebellion before eventually deciding to rejoin Iron Squadron.
Galactic Civil WarEdit
- "We've secured a less conspicuous transport."
- ―Tula Markona to Luke Skywalker after stealing a YT-2400 light freighter
Behind the scenesEdit
Creation and developmentEdit
- "I took what I thought was unique about the Millennium Falcon, which is this kind of asymmetrical cockpit that is basically a sphere with two prongs on it, and played around with different variations on that theme."
- ―Doug Chiang on the design of the YT-2400 light freighter
The YT-2400 light freighter (specifically, the Outrider), was created for the Star Wars Legends multimedia project Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. Early concept art of the Outrider was created by game designer, lead artist and animator of the 1996 video game Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Jon Knoles. Another early design for the ship was created by artist Kilian Plunkett. Ultimately, the final design of the Outrider was provided by Lucasfilm Ltd. concept art director Doug Chiang. Lucasfilm editor Allan Kausch provided Chiang with a basic outline on what the Outrider should look like; "comparable to the Millennium Falcon" but not too similar. Originally pincer-like in form, Chiang's Outrider design was finalized by 1994. The "one-angle view" sketches were passed on to Jon Knoles, who then created schematics of the YT-2400 at various angles. The schematics were tweaked and tuned before the design was built as a computer model.
According to Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo, Doug Chiang confirmed that the design for YT-2400 light freighter was originally created for the 1997 re-release of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which was in development at the same time as Shadows of the Empire, and the design of the ship was repurposed as the Outrider.
The YT-2400 light freighter made its first canon appearance in the re-release of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, where the Outrider is seen in the background taking off from Mos Eisley as Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO and R2-D2 arrive.
There is some discrepancy regarding the YT-2400's length. The 2018 reference book Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles states that the YT-2400's length is 21 meters. However, the reference book YT-1300 Corellian Freighter Owner's Workshop Manual released later in 2018 claims that the YT-2400's length is 18.65 meters. As YT-1300 Corellian Freighter Owner's Workshop Manual is the most recent source, this article gives it precedence.
The YT-1300 Corellian Freighter Owner's Workshop Manual also states that the YT-2400 light freighter was introduced after the release of the YT-2000 transport, and that the YT-2000 transport was created "during the period that the Rebel Alliance rose up against the Galactic Empire". However a YT-2400 light freighter is present in a panel of the 2017 comic book Darth Maul, Part II which takes place around 32 BBY, 13 years before the creation of the Galactic Empire. This article assumes that the YT-2400 light freighter's inclusion in Darth Maul Part II was an "Easter egg" inserted by the comic's illustrator, Luke Ross, and not a canonical appearance.
In the novels Thrawn, Lost Stars and Leia, Princess of Alderaan the freighters Slipknot and Mighty Oak Apocalypse are never stated to be YT-2400 light freighters. They are only depicted as such in the comic book adaptation of Thrawn, Star Wars: Thrawn, and the Japanese webcomic adaption of Lost Stars.
Disney Infinity 3.0Edit
The YT-2400 light freighter makes two appearances in the 2015 video game Disney Infinity 3.0. In the Rise Against the Empire playset a YT-2400 is visible flying over Tatooine. In the The Force Awakens playset, after completing the mission "Blasting Pad", a YT-2400 will land near Maz Kanata's castle while in free roam or during a mission. 
- Darth Maul, Part II (Picture only)
- Star Wars Battlefront II (Mentioned only)
- Thrawn, Part IV
- Thrawn, Part V
- Lost Stars
- Lost Stars webcomic
- Leia, Princess of Alderaan
- Star Wars Rebels – "Iron Squadron"
- "A Youth Unpromising"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance) (Introduced in Special Edition)
- Star Wars 61: The Escape, Part VI
- Star Wars: Commander
- Alphabet Squadron
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide
- YT-1300 Corellian Freighter Owner's Workshop Manual (First identified as YT-2400 Transport)
- (First identified as YT-2400 light freighter)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 YT-1300 Corellian Freighter Owner's Workshop Manual
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- ↑ Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Star Wars: Commander
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Thrawn, Part IV
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars Rebels – "Iron Squadron"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Thrawn
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Lost Stars webcomic
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places Leia Organa's birth in 19 BBY. The events of Leia, Princess of Alderaan commence just after Organa's sixteenth birthday, which places the events of the novel in 3 BBY.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Leia, Princess of Alderaan
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Lost Stars
- ↑ "A Youth Unpromising"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine
- ↑ The Outrider is seen leaving Tatooine in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope in 0 BBY, therefore, the Outrider leaving Tatooine at that instance must have occurred in the same time.
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
- ↑ Star Wars 61: The Escape, Part VI
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars Battlefront II
- ↑ Alphabet Squadron
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
- ↑ Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ The events of Darth Maul, Part II occur prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the advents of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 32 BBY. The formation of the Galactic Empire is an event depicted in the film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places in 19 BBY. Using simple math, we can deduce the events of Darth Maul, Part II occur 13 or more years before the creation of the Galactic Empire.
- ↑ Darth Maul, Part II
- ↑ Disney Infinity 3.0