One of the galaxy’s many Imperial training outposts, Skystrike Academy was an elite pilot school located in the atmosphere of Montross. Cadets, taught to follow orders no matter what, would train in simulator pods and fly in actual space before graduating to pilot status. Sabine Wren of the Ghost crew went undercover at Skystrike, where she extracted defectors Wedge Antilles and Hobbie Klivian, who would go on to become legendary rebel pilots.
Vult Skerris is one of the Empire’s most gifted TIE pilots; his TIE interceptor features striking red markings that symbolize his combat prowess. He is an instructor at Skystrike Academy, demanding the best from his students -- and a strict adherence to orders. When cadets Wedge Antilles and Hobbie Klivian attempted to defect with Sabine Wren to the rebellion, Skerris personally engaged them, following in his TIE interceptor. Thanks to a last minute save by Sabine’s friends, he failed in destroying the trainees. Later, Skerris would pilot the experimental TIE defender in a battle with the Ghost and Gold Squadron in the Archeon Nebula.