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Ok so I picked up a rebel transport for some nice thematic play. I began thinking. "hmm I probably should stay within timeline for this 'thematic play'" which led to do we have a timeline for starships?

eg when did different starfighters roll of the production line. Is there a complied list someplace?

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TIE progression

TIE fighter - first of the TIE series.

Research team worked on Tie Advanced (Vader's ship when he was chasing Luke) and had prototypes flying around when the first Death Star was produced.

TIE Bomber - There was a very early variant of the basic TIE fighter with an elongated hull used for bombing/ground assault, but performance was sub-par and the TIE Bomber was developed as a replacement. While it incorporated some of the tech developed from the earliest Tie Advanced, it was operating in parts of the fleet when the first Death Star was destroyed. It was actually used heavily in counter-attack to revenge the destroyed Death Star just a few months later.

Research from the Tie Advanced was used to develop the Tie Interceptor in time for it to be in use in heavy numbers to defend Death Star 2. It was available early that that, some sources saying it was actually developed before the first Death Star was destroyed. It's first film appearance was Return of the Jedi

Tie Defender, Stealth Tie, and various other tie improvements are developed after Death Star 2 destruction. (Although Extended Universe states that the Defender may have been developed shortly before the Battle of Endor)




Rebel Progression

Z-95 Headhunter was a ship developed during the clone war and was a common rebel and planetary defense ship.

Original Y wing was built for the Republic, but after the formation of the Empire, they declined to reinvest in the Y wing (going TIE instead) so the manufacturer started offering a stripped down fighter/bomber version to various pirates, planetary defense forces, etc, and many were acquired by the Rebel alliance.

At this same time there was a design team working on an improved version of the Z-95 with plans to sell the ship to the Empire. The designers were disenchanted with the political and military actions of the Empire and defected with all the prototypes to the Rebel Alliance. This new ship was the X-wing.

By the time of the first Death Star battle Z-95 headhunters were almost totally replaced by X-wings, and had been for quite some time, but the solid Y wing was still a fleet mainstay.

the Rebels were looking at how poorly the Y-wing performed vs capital ships, and how they themselves could never compete with the Empire with big ships, so developed the B-Wing, which was available in significant numbers during the Battle of Endor. The B-wing was the brain child of Admiral Ackbar. The Empire desired to seize the blue-prints but were countered by the prototypes forming up and fighting their way free. This unit of prototypes was christened Dagger Squadron. B-wings were used very shortly after the battle of Hoth, and as a stronger, more powerful land speeder was developed partly from wreckage of a B-wing on Hoth, it is likely that either some of the Prototypes, or possibly later production models were used.

Just as the Empire looked at the dog-fighting results from the first Death Star battle, so was the republic. They designed the A-Wing as a fast interceptor and a handful had rolled off the production lines in time for the Battle of Endor...the 2nd Death Star battle.



Once the New Republic was in power, they commissioned a new 'escort' class star fighter to be built, and it was named the E-Wing.


This means:

Z-95s and Y Wings vs TIEs and nothing but TIEs.

Mix in or replace Z-95s with X-wings and Y-wing vs TIES, TIE Bombers, and TIE Advanced.

Possible inclusion of the B-wing right around the Battle of Hoth.

X-wing, Y-wing, A-wing, B-wing vs TIE, TIE Bomber, TIE Interceptor


X-wing, Y-wing, A-wing, B-wing, E-Wing vs TIE, TIE Bomber, TIE Interceptor, TIE Defender


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thanks! This helps for making 'thematic" list for the escape from Hoth.

am I correct in assuming:
Empire: Tie, Tie-bomber, Tie advanced, firespray
Rebel: YT, Y-wing and X-wing
 
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TIE Defender was actually before the Battle of Endor according to the original source of the TIE-Fighter PC game, when they were first mentioned.
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Actually, a little reading tells me you may be justified in including Dagger Squadron version of B-wing in your Hoth Escape Team. I edited my original reply. Also, Tie Interceptor may have been around as early as the First Death Star.

Firespray and YT-1300 have been around for a long while so they are totally appropriate for time period.

To make it seem 'movie correct' (ignoring EU) your list is spot on.

Regarding Tie Defender. It was developed after Tie Interceptor. Tie Interceptor was available for the battle of Endor in large numbers. Tie Defender WAS developed shortly before Battle of Endor but if it was present at Battle of Endor, it was in insignificant numbers. Basically it didn't appear in the movies but was Retconned in...kind of how the B-wing was Retconned into the Battle of Hoth.
 
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TIE Interceptors being present before the battle of Yavin is there to explain their appearances in the X-Wing flight simulator, which takes place before the Battle of Yavin. Same with the TIE Bomber and A-Wing (retconned as the R22 spearhead).

Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron depicts six prototype TIE Defenders (TIE Advanced x7) deployed at the Battle of Hoth and apparently one was stolen. This was before the Ion cannons and final engines were installed. It's the earliest appearance of any incarnation of the TIE Defender.

The TIE Avenger was a production version of Lord Vader's TIE X1, and following that deployment, the TIE Defender was finished and sent to couruscant for trials. These first (6?) pre-production prototypes were essential in rescuing the emperor from Ex-Admiral Zaarin and came equipped with beam weapons. Further production craft would only have them on special missions?

Onyx Squadron was the only unit of TIE Defenders to see any action in that battle. Most were either on limited special assignments, had defected, or were destroyed in the Imperial feud. Even so they lasted much longer than their predecessor, the TIE Avenger.
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