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Vipers - Fighter spacecraft featured on the science fiction series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA/ABC/1978-80 and the remake series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA/ABC/SCI/2004-2009.


The Viper was a high speed, one man patrol/fighting craft equipped with twin laser cannons that were stationed in launch pads on either side of the mile-wide Battlestar Galactica.

Their primary function was defending the Battlestar and its rag-tag fleet of survivors from the Cylon robot warriors who chased them through space.

The Vipers could also land-on and take-off a planet's surface, if the need arose. The Viper pilots wore helmets shaped like an Egyptian headdress and were grouped into squads by color designation.

Top pilots from the Red Squad included:

  • Captain Apollo (Richard Hatch)
  • Lt. Starbuck (Dirk Benedict)
  • Lt. Boomer (Herb Jefferson, Jr.)
The Vipers (also referred to as "Colonial Vipers") had three rear thruster engines, forming a triangular exhaust configuration.

Viper pilots Lt Sheba, Capt. Apollo, and Lt. Starbuck

The seven viper models used on the series were constructed of a dense foam around a metal armature with working lights and tubes for freon expulsion.

Starbuck in Colonial Viper - BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Lt. Starbuck on Patrol in his Viper

Cylon Raider Spacecraft - 1978 series - BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Cylon Raider - 1978 Series

In the 2004 remake of the s series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, the Viper pilots defending the fleet included:

  • Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama (Jamie Bamber)
  • Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Katee Sackhoff)
  • Lt. Junior Grade Sharon "Boomer" Valerii  (Grace Park)
  • Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon (Grace Park )
  • Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon (Tahmoh Penikett)
  • Samuel T. Anders (Michael Trucco)
  • Brendan 'Hot Dog' Costanza (Bodie Olmos)
  • Crashdown (Sam Witwer)
  • Margaret 'Racetrack' Edmonson (Leah Cairns)
  • Louanne 'Kat' Katraine (Luciana Carro)
  • Joe 'Hammerhead' Palladino (Jeremy Guilbaut)

War Room Squadron/Pilot Chalkboard - BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
War Room Squadron/Pilot Chalkboard

Colonial Viper - 2004 BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Colonial Viper Mark VII from 2004 Battlestar Galactica series

Cylon Raider Spacecraft - 2004 series - BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Cylon Raider - 2004 Series

 Viper pilots - 2004 series - BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Viper pilots Starbuck, Apollo and Boomer with Commander Adama

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