When I started doing research for this article, I was surprised at how slow these ships actually travel.Â Today we’re strictly looking at how fast a ship could travel within atmosphere.Â Once in space, speeds are greatly multiplied.Â It’s really hard to tell which ships travel faster, because a lot of it comes down to the hyperdrive.
Nevertheless, I was still somewhat shocked to know that most of the ships in the Star Wars ‘verse are slower than our own commonly used military planes. In fact, a lot of these ships barley break Mach 2 within the atmosphere.Â Our own Tomcat (the slowest of the fast planes) is still faster than anything on this list.
Aggressive ReConnaissance-170 starfighter
The ARC-170 was often sent on dangerous scout missions and raids deep in enemy territory. To allow the ARC-170 to perform these missions, the fighter was equipped with a Class 1.5 hyperdrive, and its nose was filled with powerful sensors, scanners, and jammers.
Speed: 1,000 km/h
The Royal N-1 starfighter featured the best elements of Naboo design, being aesthetically sound and adhering to the Naboo’s love for curves and aerodynamic shapes.
Speed: 1,100 km/h
Millennium Falcon (Modified YT-1300)
After winning the Millennium Falcon from Calrissian, Solo began to add to the prior owners’ modifications. His personal enhancements included upgrading the armor plating, weapons, engines, sensors, and sensor jammers (the jammer that Solo installed was so powerful that the first time the unit was tested, it disrupted the information relays inside the Falcon itself, just as an Imperial corvette was launching. Luckily for Solo, the system was so powerful that it jammed itself and shut down. Solo managed to escape without notice).
Speed: 1,050 km/h
T-65 X-wing starfighter
The Incom T-65 X-wing starfighter was the primary all-purpose starfighter of the Rebel Alliance and its successor governments. Known for its versatility and exceptional combat performance, it was a favorite with Rebel and New Republic pilots.
Speed: 1,050 km/h
Named after the Coromon headhunter, a predator native to the Coromon Islands on Fresia, the planet where Incom was headquartered.
Speed: 1,150 km/h
S-250 Chela-class starfighter
The S-250 Chela-class starfighter was a craft used by the Republic fleet at many battles, including the Battle of Rakata Prime in 3,956 BBY.
Speed: 1200 km/h
Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor
Obi-Wan Kenobi flew a Delta-7B with an almost identical color scheme to his previous Delta-7 and utilized the same astromech droid, R4-P17.
Aurek-class tactical strikefighter
Although the Aurek fighters (A Wings) saw combat throughout a time span of 3,000 years, they underwent extensive upgrades and revisions from one era to the next.
While the TIE Oppressor was designed to primarily engage against capital ships, it also was more than capable of engaging enemy starfighters due to its size and very large missile capacity. When equipped with anti-starfighter ordnance, the Oppressor proved extremely deadly against even the most maneuverable starfighters.
Speed: 1,450 km/h
Predator-class fighters with classic TIE-style cockpits were flown by squadron leaders. Other pilots flew fighters with horizontal slats across the front of the central fuselage.
Speed: 1,500 km/h