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.
Sabine Wren was a Mandalorian warrior, explosives expert, and graffiti artist -- qualities that came in handy as one of the first rebels against the Empire. Part of the Ghost crew, Sabine used her gift for bomb-making to great effect against the Empire, and would often mark her work with spray-paint tags. Her classic Mandalorian armor was notable for incorporating her own custom stylings, reflecting her creative-meets-rebellious spirit.
Instructor Goran was the overseer of Skystrike Academy, an elite Imperial Academy for TIE pilots. He was unforgiving with his students, but also blind as to what was truly going on under his watch; it took a surprise visit from Governor Pryce and Agent Kallus to root out an undercover rebel and three defectors, which was a great embarrassment for Goran.
The TIE fighter was the unforgettable symbol of the Imperial fleet. Carried aboard Star Destroyers and battle stations, TIE fighters were single-pilot vehicles designed for fast-paced dogfights with Rebel X-wings and other starfighters. The iconic TIE fighter led to other models in the TIE family including the dagger-shaped TIE Interceptor and the explosive-laden TIE bomber. The terrifying roar of a TIE's engines would strike fear into the hearts of all enemies of the Empire.