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The Death Glider is a fictional spacecraft in the science fiction
television series Stargate SG-1. The Goa'uld
death glider is a fast attack craft capable of great speed as well as
flying in both atmosphere and space. Its shape resembles that of an
insect, particularly the traditional Ancient Egyptian portrayal of the
mythical winged scarab beetle. These craft can be used to strafe ground
targets, as well as in air-to-air or spatial combat. However, their
effectiveness against small targets is debatable, as they appear to have
no targeting systems.
Generally piloted by Jaffa,
their weaponry consists of two heavy staff cannons. Compact in size,
gliders can be carried aboard Goa'uld Ha'tak
vessels. With their wings folded the Goa'uld are able to house many of
them in a small area. Death gliders can also be launched from the surface
of a planet (such as Chulak). Unlike Earth's F-302's,
they are not equipped with any method of hyperspace travel, and thus rely
on a Ha'tak mothership or Goa'uld
base as a staging area.
There seems to be several different variants of the death glider; some of these
craft can accommodate two persons (one pilot and the other operating the
weapons and other instruments), while a smaller number of these craft can hold
only one person. One variation of the death glider could carry passengers and a
Ring Transporter, as seen in part 2 of SG-1's pilot episode, Children of the
Gods, although since it was destroyed in that episode by Major Charles
Kawalsky, its like has not been seen in the show again. This vessel was
slightly smaller than a Goa'uld Tel'tak
ship, and may instead be a hybrid of the two.
Also known as a "Gate Glider", this variant was not given a name in
the show. It is designed to fit through a Stargate. Like the more conventional
death gliders, it is built to be used by two people - a pilot and a gunner.
While conventional Death Gliders are built with two wings, this craft has one
wing curved in a partial cylinder around the central body housing the cockpit
and weapons. It is armed with two staff weapons.
Only one example of this ship type has been seen, in the season three premiere
episode "Into the Fire". During this episode General Hammond goes to
Chulak to meet up with Teal'c and Bra'tac. They develop a plan to rescue SG-1,
which was captured by Hathor and for this plan Bra'tac shows them the hidden
ship, which is then piloted by Hammond and Teal'c. Afterwards they use the ship
to fly through the active Stargate to the world where Hathor has captured
several SG-teams and attack the Jaffa belonging to Hathor from the air. The
craft's fate after this episode isn't revealed.
Bra'tac hid the ship in the forest "some hundred years" ago, where it remained undiscovered until the end of the 20th century. Bra'tac says that few pilots could master it, indicating that "threading the needle" is a skill for the young. Teal'c says of the craft that "they do not build them as they once did."
This ship is the first seen to fly through an active Stargate. This was later seen more often in Stargate Atlantis in form of the Puddle Jumpers and Wraith darts. Also, the Tau'ri have launched UAVs and Maverick missiles through their Stargate on occasion.