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Galactica - Mile-wide space cruiser built by the ancestors of the human race on the sci-fi series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA/ABC/1978-79 and later GALACTICA.ABC/1980.

Battlestar Galactica Carrier

Light years across the vastness of space was a solar system comprised of twelve planets. During their 7th millennium, these planetary systems were viciously attacked (while under a flag of truce) by  robot Cylon Centurian warriors whose prime directive for more than 1000 years had been the total annihilation of all humanoid life forms in their galaxy.

Gathering together the survivors of the holocaust, Commander Adama, the leader of the Galactica star cruiser (crew of 500), fled the star system with a rag-tag armada of 220 spacecraft in search of a planet their legends called Earth.

"Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest...a shining planet known as Earth." -- Commander Adama

The crew and passengers of the Galactica included:

  • Lorne Greene as Commander Adama
  • Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo
  • Dirk Benedict as Lieutenant Starbuck
  • Herb Jefferson Jr. as Lieutenant Boomer
  • Maren Jensen as Athena
  • Tony Swartz as Sergeant Jolly
  • Noah Hathaway as Boxey
  • Terry Carter as Colonel Tigh
  • Lew Ayres as President Adar
  • Laurette Spang as Cassiopeia
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White as Sire Anton
  • John Fink as Dr. Paye
  • Ray Milland as Sire Uri
  • Ed Begley Jr. as Ensign Greenbean
  • Rick Springfield as Lieutenant Zac
  • David Greenan as Bridge Officer
  • Anne Lockhart as Lt. Sheba


The Galactica's defenses included massive laser cannons and the Red Squad, a fleet of small fighter crafts called Colonial Vipers. Their top pilots were Captain Apollo; Lt. Starbuck; and Lt. Boomer.

TRIVIA NOTE: The six-foot Battlestar model used for the series was designed by John Dykstra of Star Wars fame. His company, Industrial Light and Magic Co., built the large scale models of the Galactica's flight deck, that included three million dollars of fully operating computers.

The "Dyskstraflex" camera photographed all of the flying sequences, which created the sense of motion by moving itself instead of the model. See also "Galactica (2004)"

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