Irdnekt-pattern Banshee

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Type-26C Ground Support Aircraft
Production information


Product line:

Type-26 Banshee



Technical specifications


5.5 meters (18 ft)[2][3]


2.25 metric tons (5,000 lb)[2]


Boosted gravity propulsion drive



One pilot[4]


In service:


Ground support aircraft



"Banshees, fast and low!"
— Anonymous UNSC pilot.[5]

The Type-26C Ground Support Aircraft (T-26C GSA), more commonly known as the Banshee, is a variant of the Type-26 Banshee commonly employed in Covenant service as a standard aircraft.[1]


Design details[edit]

Main article: Type-26 Banshee
A blueprint of the Type-26C variant.

The Type-26C Banshee bears heavy resemblance to the similar Type-26A model, albeit with some minor changes. Visually, the Type-26C's most notable distinction is the iridescent green canopy in place of the red found on Type-26A models. This canopy similarly leaves the pilot partially exposed (particularly the feet and lower legs). Like the 26A, the wings are connected at their ends with an antigravity pod to allow for flight.

The craft has two wing canards, each of which terminates in a boosted gravity propulsion drive including a jet and an anti-gravity pod; these leave a vaporous exhaust trail behind the Banshee. The craft is capable of achieving a velocity of over 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph).[3] The Banshee is capable of performing complex maneuvers such as aileron rolls and flips. The Banshee is also capable of hovering, though this ability is not often used.[Note 1]


The Banshee sports two weapon pods attached underneath the fuselage; each pod contains a Class-2 plasma cannon capable of firing in the 100-250 kilowatt range and a Class-2 fuel rod cannon.[4] The plasma cannons are deadly to infantry; one bolt can instantly kill a lightly armored target. Armored targets such as the M808 Scorpion MBT can withstand only a few bolts before being destroyed.

Operational history[edit]

A number of Type-26C Banshees was used throughout the Human-Covenant War,[6] though appear to remain outmatched by their Type-26A brothers and the Type-26B Banshees were only seen in widespread use in the final stages of the war.[1]

The earliest known encounter of the T-26C Banshees against the UNSC along with the Insurrectionists such as URF was during the Battle of Alpha Corvi II on December 3, 2525, where they were extensively used over Alpha Corvi II alongside several Type-26B Banshees.[7][8] When the short assault on Algolis took place, multiple T-26C Banshees were called in to weaken military forces attempting to protect and destroy valuable data in Weapons Research Facility T12A, and one such Banshee also shot down a civilian cargo transport that attempted to flee by firing its fuel rod cannon.[9] During the siege on the facility, the majority of these Banshees were destroyed by a lone HRUNTING/YGGDRASIL Mark I ADS utilized by Sergeant "Ghost".[9] Several T-26C Banshees were deployed by the Fleet of Particular Justice during the final stages of the Battle of Installation 04 both against the UNSC forces from UNSC Pillar of Autumn and the Flood.[10]

The T-26C was the standard model utilized by the Prophet of Truth's forces during the Battle of Earth, notably during the Battle of Kenya, and the Battle of Installation 00 in late 2552.[1] The remnants of the Fleet of Sacred Consecration used these Banshees during the Battle of Mombasa shortly after the Prophet of Regret's departure to Installation 05.[11] The T-26C Banshees were also used by the Fleet of Retribution against Truth's forces.[12]

After the end of the war, the T-26C was later employed by Merg Vol's Covenant during the post-war Battle of Draetheus V[13] and by Vata 'Gajat's mercenary group during the Battle of Ealen IV.[14]

Production notes[edit]

The Type-26C Banshee is the Banshee design introduced in Halo 3 and later featured in Halo 3: ODST. The design was not given a formal designation difference until a 2015 Halo Waypoint universe entry.[1]


  • In Celtic mythology, a banshee is a female spirit who wails for the death of a particular person before they die. Banshees must steal souls from people to continue their existence. The high-pitched sound made by the Covenant Banshee is a reference to this, especially while performing tight maneuvers making it easy to hear them before one sees them. This also fits the theme of Covenant vehicles, with the exceptions of the Excavators, being named after supernatural entities.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ The Banshee's inability to hover in most games is more likely a gameplay conceit than an element of canon. Presumably, all versions of the craft are capable of hovering.