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Tantive IV
Production information

Corellian Engineering Corporation[1]


CR70 corvette (modified with a CEC Vanguard c20 retrofit suite into a CR90 corvette)



Technical specifications
  • 150 meters[1]
  • Originally 125 meters[1]
Maximum acceleration

2,100 G


2,100 km/h

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

950 km/h

Engine unit(s)

Girodyne Ter58 ion turbine engines (11)[1]

Hyperdrive rating

Class 2.0[1]

  • Crew (46)[1]
  • Diplomatic personnel (39)[1]

Varies depending on mission and modular configuration

Cargo capacity

58,000 metric tons


10 years


Personal star yacht, light escort, corvette

Earliest sighting

19 BBY



Present for battles/events
Known owner(s)

Royal House of Alderaan


Raymus Antilles

"This is a consular ship… we're on a diplomatic mission…"
"If this is a consular ship, where is the Ambassador?"
Raymus Antilles and Darth Vader

The Tantive IV was a CR90 corvette in the service of the Royal House of Alderaan. The ship was a central player in the events following the end of the Clone Wars and the beginning of the Galactic Civil War.

It started life as a CR70 corvette named Star of Alderaan, but was renamed in honor of diplomats from Tantive IV who visited Alderaan. Following the Clone Wars, the ship was upgraded to a CR90 corvette. The ship sported twin turbolaser turrets and a massive drive block of eleven ion turbine engines.



Tantive IV's conference room.

The corridors of the Tantive IV had mostly pristine bright white walls and black metal floors. The hallways formed a loosely circular path around the central conference room. The ship also housed living quarters, formal dining rooms, other conference rooms, and an engine room.

Princess Leia Organa also had a luxurious stateroom on the highest level of the ship to serve dignitaries and official guests. It was appointed with fine art and expensive furniture, and comprised many rooms. The stateroom acted as a living room with a small round coffee table and two large, red sofas, and was connected to two advanced escape pods.

The blockade runner held eight tiny escape pods that could seat up to three people and four laser-armed ones that could hold 12 passengers. During its time as a CR70 model, two high-capacity escape pods occupied the area where the CR90 model turbolasers were positioned. These pods were made to mimic real turbolaser turrets to discourage potential attackers.

In order to preserve its legacy as a diplomatic vessel, Senator Bail Organa refused to outfit the ship with ranged weapons.[2]


"Commander, tear this ship apart until you've found those plans and bring me the passengers. I want them alive!"
Darth Vader
The Tantive IV leaves Coruscant moments after Order 66.

The Tantive IV was built by the Corellian Engineering Corporation, sometime before the end of the Clone Wars. Originally called the Star of Alderaan, it was renamed to honor the Tantive system's diplomats. During the time of the Clone Wars, the ship was the consular vessel of Alderaan's Senator in the Galactic Republic, Bail Organa.

After witnessing first hand the betrayal of the Jedi, Senator Organa departed Coruscant in an attempt to rescue as many of the few survivors of the Jedi Purge he could. Using a stolen Jedi Beacon, Organa was able to contact and rescue two of the last surviving members of the Jedi Council, Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Later, after the death of their mother, it was onboard the Tantive IV that the fates of Leia and Luke Skywalker were decided. Accompanying Organa on this fateful journey were Raymus Antilles and Jeremoch Colton. The droids R2-D2 and C-3PO were assigned to the ship at this point.

Around that time, the ship must have been retrofitted to be a CR90 Corvette.

It was during an exercise testing the launch of escape pods that Tantive IV was attacked by a pirate gang from the Karthakk system. The corvette successfully evaded the attack, though lost its jettisoned escape pods in the process. It was soon discovered that R2-D2 and C-3PO were aboard one of the pods. Chief Petty Officer Corla Metonae, supervisor of the exercise, was blamed for the loss of the droids. Bail Organa placed high importance on retrieving the droids, and eventually succeeded in returning them to Tantive IV.

The Tantive IV lands on Kattada.

During the days of the Empire, Princess Leia Organa used the ship and her position in the Imperial Senate to help the struggling Rebel Alliance, often undertaking secret missions under the guise of Humanitarian work.

The vessel's final voyage was during Operation Skyhook: a secret mission to the planet Toprawa to obtain the schematics for the Empire's new battle station, the first Death Star.

While the plans from Toprawa were by far the largest part of the plans, two other supplemental sets were also delivered to the Tantive IV from AX-235 by the shuttle Maria—one set acquired from Danuta and another set stolen during the Death Star Uprising. The original plan was to deliver them to the Star Cruiser Liberty, but the sudden appearance of the Star Destroyer Immortal halted the transfer, and Tantive IV was forced to flee to Tatooine.

The Tantive IV is pulled into the Devastator's docking bay.

The second part of the mission was to reach the planet Tatooine, find Obi-Wan Kenobi, and escort him to Alderaan, along with the plans for the Death Star. However, the ship was intercepted by the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator while in orbit over the planet. The Tantive IV was quickly disabled and captured.

Despite the valiant efforts of the Alderaanian soldiers on board, the stormtroopers of the 501st Legion quickly overran the ship. In a critical move, Leia Organa was able to pass the Death Star plans to R2-D2 and instruct him to make contact with Obi-Wan Kenobi on the surface of Tatooine, before being captured herself.

Unable to find the plans on board the Tantive IV, Darth Vader ordered a team of stormtroopers to sweep the planet below to find them. Afterwards the corvette was destroyed and the entire crew was killed. Imperial propaganda would later proclaim that an asteroid storm caused the destruction of the Tantive IV.

Internal layout[3]

Deck 1

  • Stateroom suite

Deck 2

Tantive IV schematics.
  • Cockpit
  • Officers' quarters
  • Officers' common room
  • Formal state conference chamber
  • Formal dining room
  • Escape pod access tunnel (circumnavigates the whole deck)
  • Library
  • Airlocks port and starboard

Deck 3

  • Captain's quarters
  • Computer power substation
  • Tech station
  • Airlock
  • Main computer room
  • Main sensor room
  • Sensor power substation
  • Engine room
  • Crew quarters
  • Droid maintenance room
  • In 19 BBY, a small hangar or starfighter bay was located somewhere in the vessel's ventral bulge, as evidenced when Obi-Wan Kenobi docked General Grievous's fighter, Soulless One, aboard the Tantive after Order 66. At the time, the vessel was still equipped as a CR70 corvette, and it is unknown whether it was a standard feature on the model or a modification made specifically by Bail Organa's staff. It is also unknown whether the fighterbay/hangar was still in use in 0 BBY.

Behind the scenes

The Tantive IV was originally portrayed using a plastic model for the filming of A New Hope. However, a CG model was used in Revenge of the Sith. The two models have differences in appearance, which led some fans to believe that the corvettes were two distinct vessels.

Early concept sketch for a Rebel blockade runner.

A quote from Rob Coleman, who was the animation director on Revenge of the Sith, suggests this was one idea for the vessel in the third prequel:

"One of the most fun things about this show was linking the first trilogy to this one, introducing designs that make more of an appearance in A New Hope." The cruiser flown by Bail Organa, for example, is a predecessor to the Rebel blockade runner featured in the first shot of the original Star Wars. "It looks a little bit different, but you can tell it comes from the same factory." - Cinefex #102 pg. 68

However, at the official Star Wars website, [1], the Tantive IV is specifically shown to appear in Episode III, Episode IV, and Episode VI. Many sources support this, including The Art of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, which states:

" . . . Lucas reveals that [the] first ship seen in the 1977 Star Wars—the Rebel blockade runner (aka the Tantive IV)—will reappear in Revenge of the Sith. Within the ship, in addition to reconstructing the familiar corridor through which Darth Vader strides, Lucas requests a new meeting room. He also approves of an idea whereby the ship could be reverse-engineered from its Episode IV Rebel version to an earlier peacetime version of itself." - AoSW:RoTS pg. 104
Tantive IV as a CR70 corvette.

With the profile for the CR70 corvette in Star Wars Insider 90, the Tantive IV's history now fits in with Coleman's comment. It is the same ship in both films, but the ROTS version is a CR70 model and the ANH version is the Tantive IV after an extensive refitting, as a CR90 model.

Star Wars Insider 90 also states that the ship was built under the name Star of Alderaan by order of Queen Mazicia Organa for Senator Agrippa Aldrete as a consular vessel. Since Agrippa Aldrete was Senator of Alderaan before the time of The Phantom Menace, this statement contradicts the former statement, that the ship was built some time before the end of the Clone Wars.

Tantive IV is one of the most iconic vehicles in the history of cinema, as it was the very first vehicle audiences saw in A New Hope.

The creators of the original Tantive IV model placed a miniature pin-up girl poster in the cockpit as a joke. It is not visible in the final film.

The majority of the interior of the ship can be explored in Star Wars: Battlefront II and Star Wars Galaxies.

In Star Wars Insider 93's "May the Facts Be With You", the Tantive IV was noted as being built with a single white-walled hallway and turn, alongside a redressed Millennium Falcon hold, filmed from several angles to save money.


  • Bailed Out
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight (Indirect mention only)
  • The Last of the Jedi: Master of Deception (Mentioned only)
  • Rebel Dawn (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Star Wars: X-wing
  • Star Wars Empire: Darklighter
  • Star Wars Empire: Princess... Warrior
  • Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice (Indirect mention only)
  • Tantive IV
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars 1
  • R2-D2's Mission: A Little Hero's Journey
  • Empire Blues: The Devaronian's Tale (Indirect mention only)
  • Hammertong: The Tale of the "Tonnika Sisters" (Indirect mention only)
  • The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Appears in flashback(s))
  • X-wing: Wraith Squadron (Mentioned only)
  • The Courtship of Princess Leia (Indirect mention only)
  • Darksaber (Indirect mention only)
  • Exile (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron

Non-canon appearances

  • Tag & Bink Are Dead
  • Trooper
  • Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game — Ultimate Sith Edition


See also

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  2. Luceno,J: "Bail Organa", page 55. Star Wars Revenge of The Sith The Visual Dictionary, 2005
  3. The Tantive IV's interior layout can be fairly well mapped using the cutaway of the ship in Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections and Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections.

External links

  • You must be a member of Star Wars Hyperspace to view this linkKV08 Diplomatic Cruiser - Corridor on Hyperspace - KnollVision panorama of the ship's hallway set
  • You must be a member of Star Wars Hyperspace to view this linkKV39 Alderaan Cruiser on Hyperspace - KnollVision panorama of the ship's conference room set
  • Article examining the differing models of the Tantive IV

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