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Flare-S swoop
Production information
Manufacturer

Mobquet Swoops and Speeders

Product line

Swoop

Model

Flare-S

Class

Airspeeder[1]

Cost
  • New: 6,500 credits[1]
  • Used: 2,500 credits[1]
Technical specifications
Length

2.5[2][1] to 3 meters[3][4]

Maximum speed

600[3][4] to 650 km/h[2]

Maximum altitude

350 meters[2]

Armament

Dual blasters of unknown make[5]

Crew

Pilot (1)[1]

Passengers

1[1]

Cargo capacity

2 kilograms[2]

Usage
Role(s)

Transport

Era(s)

The Mobquet Flare-S swoop was based on a hybrid of ideas taken from racing swoops and speeder bikes.

Contents

Characteristics

Flare-S swoop schematics.

Attaining speeds of up to 650 km/h, the Flare-S measured 3 meters in length, being heavier than most swoops, due to having a reinforced 'S'-shaped chassis.

It was equipped with forward-mounted steering vanes, longer stabilizer bars for increased handling and maneuverability and a repulsorlift engine mounted in the center of the bike's frame to provide a decrease in rolling and tumbling. The Flare-S also came with air intakes which force-fed several turbothrusters that were connected to directional nozzles. This allowed it to gain additional speed and maneuverability.

History

When the Galactic Empire outlawed podracing, those who wanted to engage in high-speed, high-risk sports quickly turned to swoop racing, and the Flare-S quickly become the most common swoop bike on the race circuit. A "swoop culture" of high-risk, stunt-oriented behaviors existed on many worlds, making the dividing line between amateur swoop racer and criminally minded gang member fuzzy.

The Flare-S was also popular amongst swoop gangs, mercenaries and bounty hunters, like the ones encountered by Jaden Korr during his Mission to Zonju V[5]. Dash Rendar was known to use these swoops on many occasions throughout his career.

Behind the scenes

The Mobquet Flare-S swoop bears a very strong resemblance to a chopper style motorcycle. It is likely the design was inspired by a chopper bike.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Republic: Prelude to Rebellion
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Special Edition)
  • Star Wars Adventures Volume 2: Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom
  • Shadows of the Empire game (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  •  Star Wars Galaxies – An Empire Divided

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Arms & Equipment Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  3. 3.0 3.1 Databank
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Official Star Wars Fact File
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
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