Hat, Helmet (Early Imperial Era Design)
Imperial pilots, mostly known as TIE pilots, were used by the Imperial Navy to pilot various spacecraft, most notably TIE series fighters. They numbered well into the millions, being the elite of the Navy. They received extensive training at various academies across the galaxy; many dropped out and were given other roles, such as Navy troopers, crewmen, and gunners.
Though they received much training, pilots were often used en masse, often employing suicidal kamikaze tactics. Thus they were given the nickname "coffin jockeys" by other Imperial personnel. They took heavy casualties during the Galactic Civil War, and so the Empire did not waste their lives after the events at Endor, as they no longer had such a large supply of them.
Gallery of Variants