Viper (TOS)

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This article discusses the Viper fighter seen in the Original Series. For information on the Vipers used in the Re-imagined Series, see Viper (RDM). Note: for the single appearance of an Original Series Viper in the Re-imagined Series, see the bottom of this article.

Race: Colonial
Type: Military
Propulsion: three sublight aft-mounted engines
Crew: 1 pilot
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Role: Space superiority fighter
Weapons: 2 forward-firing laser-torpedo guns
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Length: (approx) 28.54ft (8.7m)
Width: (approx) 12.47ft (3.8m)
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Additional Information
Viper in the separate continuity
Viper in the primary continuity

The Colonial Viper is the primary space superiority fighter and attack craft deployed by the Colonial military. Capable of both atmospheric and long-range spacial flight, the Viper is a single-pilot craft with two-forward mounted laser-torpedo guns as standard.

The Viper is capable of rapid acceleration in the form of a "turbo boost" feature, which results in greater fuel usage (The Living Legend, Part I). Vipers are also able to abruptly stop forward acceleration by using their reverse thrusters and braking flaps (Saga of a Star World).[1]

Vipers are equipped with an onboard computer which contains a warbook, an electronic reference of ships which, in conjunction with scanners, can give the pilot information on a ship (Saga of a Star World) and identify whether or not there are life forms onboard the said ship (The Living Legend, Part I).

In addition, Vipers' computer is capable of recording messages, which can be played back by Warriors or other persons who happen across an unoccupied Viper (Experiment in Terra).

Variants and Modifications

  • A "Recon Viper" variant has been developed, possessing greater speed and manueverability capabilities than a typical Viper, but lacking any armament due to the removal of the laser pumps. It also possesses an advanced voice interface. Starbuck is the only warrior known to have flown this variant (The Long Patrol).
  • On missions where Vipers must endure extreme heat or other environments that could endanger the pilot, specially designed shielding can be applied to the cockpit canopy. This extra layer of protection was used in the Madagon star cluster and prevented pilots from being hurt by the incredible heat and light in the region (Saga of a Star World).

Re-imagined Series Crossover

This Viper model is briefly seen in the Galactica Museum exhibition in the Miniseries. However, since the Original Series Viper uses weaponry and features not seen in the Re-imagined Series, it's appearance in the museum is likely more an homage to the Original Series itself than to suggest that these specific Vipers (and their technical abilties) existed in the Re-imagined continuity.

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  • In "Galactica 1980," some Vipers were outfitted with stealth technologies that rendered the Viper craft invisible to the eye (Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I).
  • A two-seater version of the Viper was seen throughout "1980." However, despite its appearances in "1980," this variant may have been hinted at as early on as "Saga of a Star World," when Adama is flown to Caprica in Apollo's Viper after the destruction of the Colonies. However, this variant was never explicitly seen during the Original Series' run.
  • There is a scale difference between the mock-up/model kit Viper and the actual on screen SFX Viper as can be seen in this SFX-Mockup overlap.


  1. Captain Apollo describes to Lieutenant Zac on how to allow the Cylons to overshoot them, so they can dispatch the pursuing Raiders.
    Apollo: When I hit three, you hit your reverse thrusters and maximum braking flaps.

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