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21 Nov 2018 11:36 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Nov 2018 11:35 p.m. PST

Do you have a favorite?

Lion in the Stars22 Nov 2018 12:34 a.m. PST

I was a (very) little kid when Return of the Jedi came out, so the X-Wing is on the short-list.

I really liked Babylon 5's Starfuries (more the space-only than the late-series atmosphere-capable Thunderbolt).

I also really liked the Hammerhead fighters from Space: Above and Beyond.

The Gunstar from Last Starfighter was also really cool.

But I'm going to have to come back and think about which one is my absolute favorite.

JimSelzer22 Nov 2018 12:44 a.m. PST

Tie Fighters
X wings
Colonial Vipers both series
Star Furies
1st series Cylon Raider look not performance

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 2:36 a.m. PST


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 3:33 a.m. PST

Cylon Raider

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 4:51 a.m. PST

And how does a colonial viper compare with a Starfury or an X-wing in speed, maneuverability or firepower?

I promise to be interested in video fighters when they start BEING different and not just LOOKING different.

Not a promise I expect to have to make good on, by the way.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 5:13 a.m. PST

Well the x-win is a space spitfire so is very different from a star Fury, colonial viper, or x203 that follows Newtonian physics'.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 5:38 a.m. PST

Original Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper & Cylon Raider (zing-zing-zing).


TIE & TIE Advanced

The TIE is the ME109 of the Star Wars Universe.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 5:44 a.m. PST

The Viper is my all time favorite from childhood. I used to draw it on everything.

The X-Wing is my favorite as an adult.

I have a soft spot for the Y Wing.

Love the Star Fury (original, not the later revved up version).

Bronco5322 Nov 2018 6:38 a.m. PST

Another vote for the Starfury. You just have to love a space fighter that actually looks (and flies) like it was designed to work IN SPACE.

BW195922 Nov 2018 7:06 a.m. PST

All the above plus the Star wars A-wing.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 7:59 a.m. PST

Star Furies and classic Vipers

Coelacanth22 Nov 2018 8:20 a.m. PST

I like the TIE Interceptor (Return of the Jedi).


Vigilant22 Nov 2018 8:48 a.m. PST

Starfury, X-Wing, Viper (both types), TIE fighters.

Mutant Q22 Nov 2018 8:48 a.m. PST

Another vote for the humble Starfury.

Legion 422 Nov 2018 9:04 a.m. PST

Stargate X302 …

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 9:36 a.m. PST

star fury.

In the day I also liked the X-wing but tired of it as the multiple movies wore me out.

Gokiburi22 Nov 2018 10:09 a.m. PST

My favorite is the GTF Myrmidon from Descent Freespace 2. link
Although apparently everyone else thinks it's the worst fighter in the game. (I love flying it, but then I never trusted that game's guided missiles, and usually just filled up on dumbfires and rake my targets with them.)

So here's something that actually might get votes:
A-Wing (Return of the Jedi)
Tie Defender (Tie fighter)

skippy000122 Nov 2018 10:11 a.m. PST

X-20 DYNASOAR…well, it could have been….

Lion in the Stars22 Nov 2018 10:25 a.m. PST

And how does a colonial viper compare with a Starfury or an X-wing in speed, maneuverability or firepower?

I promise to be interested in video fighters when they start BEING different and not just LOOKING different.

Not a promise I expect to have to make good on, by the way.

You never played the old X-Wing versus TIE Fighter game, did you? The X-Wing was a beast (I'd argue for calling it a Typhoon or Corsair, able to take capital ships or fighters), but all the fighters flew differently and had different strengths.

I completely forgot about the VF1 Valkyries from Macross/Robotech in my short list, but I think I'm still going to leave them off. Too many cool fighters in that universe.

Overall, I think I'm going to have to go with the X-Wing as my favorite, very closely followed by the Starfury.

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

ooh, a toughie. A three way tie between the Thunderbolt from Babylon 5, the Thunderfighter from Buck Rogers and the original "dinnerplate" Cylon Raider

Zinkala22 Nov 2018 11:48 a.m. PST

Very hard to pick one but if I can do 3 like other people, X wing, colonial viper and Buck Rogers fighter from the 70s. There's a lot of others that are barely out of first place, many already mentioned here.

Coelacanth22 Nov 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

Interceptors, immediate launch!

Moonbase Interceptors from Gerry Anderson's UFO.


P.S. I know, these are interceptors rather than "proper" fighters, but still…

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 2:00 p.m. PST

Original Cylon raider. My brother's and my models of them painted up really well. These are not ours, but are the same Revell kit:



Jason O Mahony22 Nov 2018 2:36 p.m. PST

Tie Fighter
Y Wing
Tie Defender

Personal logo 15mm and 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 3:25 p.m. PST

My fav is the Macross U.N. Space Navy (Spacy) Strike/Super Valkyrie.

The winner in a poll if Bill starts one will be the X-Wing hands down with the classic Colonial Viper second.


Gear Pilot22 Nov 2018 3:53 p.m. PST

Lots of good ones listed. I'll add the Mark IX Hawk from Space: 1999.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 4:41 p.m. PST

I love the Valkyrie, but I cheat by considering it a transformable mecha- not a star fighter.

haywire22 Nov 2018 5:37 p.m. PST

Gunstar…. Its a Star Fury with more Dakka


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The Tin Dictator22 Nov 2018 6:04 p.m. PST

I always liked the Hammerhead fighters from Space Above & Beyond.

PaddySinclair22 Nov 2018 8:47 p.m. PST

Gotta be Viper MKIII, MKVI and Starfury for my Newtonian ones, rather partial to the Commonwealth Slipfighters and Y-Wings from the non-Newtonian bunch.

Daricles23 Nov 2018 5:58 p.m. PST

Viper Mk II from the new series then Starfury.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Nov 2018 6:20 p.m. PST


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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2018 8:46 a.m. PST

Too many to love!

For the look: X-wing, Y-wing, TIE, Chig, Chiggie Von Richthofen, Hammerhead, Viper (OS), Cylon Raider (OS)

Video game play: TIE Defender, A-wing

Tabletop: X-wing, A-wing, TIE Defender, B-wing

joedog24 Nov 2018 9:04 a.m. PST

Finally some votes for the coolest of the Star Wars fighters – the Y Wing.

Goober24 Nov 2018 8:14 p.m. PST

+1 for the Gunstar

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

+1 SHADO Interceptor

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2018 3:53 p.m. PST

I always liked the Babylon 5 Thunderbolt…


Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2018 9:18 a.m. PST

I like the original Starfury okay, but I'm not a fan of the Starfury Thunderbolt. It looks like somebody took an X-wing and did a stretch distortion in a CGI app.

chromedog28 Nov 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

Top 5 are:

Viper mkII (actually has vectoring thrusters)
TIE Advanced X-1

#1 comes down to a tie between the starfury and TIE.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP29 Nov 2018 11:57 a.m. PST

X-Wings and Vipers

Akalabeth07 Dec 2018 6:20 p.m. PST

B-Wing is tops, hands down. Too bad it never saw combat onscreen.

Other than that, yeah Star Furies, original Viper from BSG.

I would also give a shout out to the TOG Spiculum from Renegade Legion:

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Dec 2018 5:12 p.m. PST

Space 1999 Hawk Mk IX
Y Wing
X Wing

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2019 7:44 p.m. PST

The poll doesn't differentiate between the classic and remake versions of the Cylon raider.

Classic is the superior version.

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