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The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels

W. Haden Blackman

Cover artist

Steven D. Anderson


Allan Kausch (Lucasfilm) and Steve Saffel (Del Rey)


Ian Fullwood

Publication information

Del Rey

Publish date

September 30, 2003





The ninth book in Del Rey's Essential Guide series, The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels features an in-depth look at one hundred ships, fighters, and other flying machines from the original and prequel trilogies as well as the Expanded Universe (including the The New Jedi Order series), each with its own one- to two-page spread including detailed schematics. This guide is frequently used on Wookieepedia. Below is information about the book.

There were, however, some glaring errors throughout the book. For instance, the AT-AT is shown to be made by 'KURT' Drive Yards, and the A-Wing is said to be affiliated with the Galactic Empire. The book also described the Executor as being 12,800 meters long.



Wookieepedia has a collection of images related to The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels.
  • "Bikes" is spelled as "bites" on a page.
  • An MTT is referred to as an AAT.
  • Home One's illustration is the incorrect type of Mon Cal cruiser.
  • The front and side views of the AT-AT have different leg positions.
  • AT-AT are listed at 15 meters tall.
  • The Executor is listed at 12km long
  • Fighter Acceleration is scaled without consideration of ROTS era fighters such as the Eta 2 Actis, V-wing or ARC-170 that they were designed to replace and have inexplicably lower performance statistics in spite of sources such as "Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader" stating that TIE Fighter was to outperform the V-wings and Eta 2s as well as Vader flying the TIE Advanced x1 in ANH rather than an Eta 2.

External links

Essential Guides
First generation
Characters · Vehicles and Vessels · Weapons and Technology · Planets and Moons · Droids · Chronology · Alien Species · Episode I (cancelled)
Second generation
New Characters · New Vehicles and Vessels · New Weapons and Technology · New Chronology · New Droids · New Alien Species
Third generation
The Force · Atlas · Military

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