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T-47 airspeeder
Production information

Incom Corporation[1]


T-47 airspeeder[2]

Technical specifications
Modified systems
  • Weapons
  • Controls
  • Engines
Maximum speed
  • 650 km/h[5]
  • Modified version: 1,100 km/h[1][2]
  • Attack speed: 570 km/h[5]
Maximum altitude

175 meters[1]

Engine unit(s)



Standard version:

Modified version:


Standard version:

  • Pilot (1)
  • Cargo manager (1)

Modified version:

Cargo capacity

10 kg[4]

  • Reconnaissance
  • Patrol
  • Aerial assault
"We had seen our snowspeeder pilots perform maneuvers every day in the simulators, before the speeders had been adapted to the cold. But we had never seen the full squadron in flight, and it was a heartening sight."
Voren Na'al, regarding the Battle of Hoth

The Incom T-47 airspeeder was a civilian airspeeder that became famous during the Galactic Civil War for its military use by the Alliance to Restore the Republic.



T-47 schematics.

The T-47 was an atmospheric vehicle designed for industrial cargo handling. Its cockpit featured positions for a forward-facing pilot and a rear-facing cargo manager. The cargo manager used the airspeeder's magnetic harpoon and tow cable to control repulsorlift cargo modules.[6]


The T-47 was modified by the Rebel Alliance technicians into a patrol and combat craft, becoming commonly known as the snowspeeder, especially after its extensive use at Echo Base on Hoth.

The Rebel Alliance had used the T-47 airspeeder for reconnaissance on Dantooine and other planets. When the Rebels moved to Hoth, the airspeeder required modifications to function for extended periods in the extremely cold climate. One of the technicians involved in the modifications was Deen Voorson.[7] Heaters were added near the drive units, and de-icing nozzles were added to prevent icing on control surfaces. Rebel technicians also scavenged Y-wing parts, including armor plates, control surfaces, and refitted cockpit modules for the snowspeeder.

The Rebels armed the craft with dual laser cannons and converted the cargo manager into a gunner. Computerized targeting systems and displays were used by the gunner to control the lasers and harpoon gun. However, the pilot could take control of weapons if needed. Since the speeder lacked shields, armor plating was added to the hull. An advanced power plant and repulsorlift engines were installed to compensate for the added weight of armor and weapons. Its small size, maneuverability and speed allowed the ship to dodge enemy blasts.

A T-47 airspeeder

In addition to cold environments, T-47s were modified by Alliance forces for use in several different climates. The swampspeeder version included flotation gear and water-tight seals. The sandspeeder was equipped with advanced filters to keep out sand, engine cooling units, and long-range radar for navigating sandstorms. The skyspeeder had a pressurized cockpit and more powerful repulsorlifts for higher altitudes, and was used in patrolling the Rebel's base on Arbra.

The Rebel T-47 was also vital to Alliance tactics such as Attack Pattern Beta and Attack Pattern Delta.

During the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY, snowspeeders delayed the advancing Imperial forces, providing extra time to evacuate Rebels from Echo Base. After finding the snowspeeders' blasters to be ineffective against the armored AT-AT walkers, Rebel pilots used tow cables to tie up the legs of AT-ATs, causing at least one to crash to the ground. Regardless of this partial success, many—if not most—of the snowspeeders that participated in the battle were either damaged or destroyed.


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Battlefront II: Prima Official Game Guide
  3. The Star Wars Roleplaying Game
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Official Star Wars Fact File
  6. The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  7. "Slaying Dragons" - Star Wars Adventure Journal 9

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