Is'belox-pattern Banshee

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This article is about the Banshee introduced in Halo: Reach. For other Banshee variants, see here.
Is'belox-pattern Attack Flyer
Halo Reach Type 26 GSA.png
Production information


Product line:

Type-26 Banshee



Technical specifications


7.1 meters (23 ft)[2][3]


7.5 meters (25 ft)[2][4][3]


3.6 meters (12 ft)[2]


1.3 metric tons (2,900 lb)[3]

Maximum speed:

67 miles per hour (108 km/h) (in tactical flight mode)[3]


Boosted gravity propulsion drive



One pilot[5]


In service:


Ground support aircraft



The Is'belox-pattern Attack Flyer[6] (UNSC Type classification: Type-26B Ground Support Aircraft, T-26B 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

The Type-26B is a newer model of Banshee employed by the Covenant, and one of the sleekest. Unlike its Oghal-pattern and Irdnekt-pattern brothers, the Type-26B features an enclosed canopy with a very different shape to the original models. The canopy has a sweeping form, curving upwards toward the back. Additionally, the Type-26B's wings are split, not retaining the signature antigravity pod of the Type-26A and C models. The back of the craft features two control valences which turn to allow the craft to make extremely rapid turns.[2]

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 Type-26B is capable of operating in planetary atmospheres, typically operating around 300 metres (980 ft) or less from the surface to maximise the effectiveness of its drive systems and evade enemy air defences.[3] It is additionally capable of flying at least as high as around 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) with little observable drop in effectiveness[7] and is capable of reaching orbit, albeit slowly.[3] Although not equipped with any form of life support system, it is capable of being used in a vacuum as a space fighter in some capacity.[8] However, its performance in space is considered adequate at best, particularly when compared to more specialised craft such as the Elsedda-pattern Banshee.[3] Some post-war modifications to the craft have allowed for an improvement in its capabilities as a scout in space environments[2], though independent life support systems such as those found in the Ranger harness are still required.[3]


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.[5] 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]

T-26B Banshees killing human civilians during the Human-Covenant War.

The Type-26B model was seen in limited use by the Covenant, but until its war with humanity due to high attrition rates seen with older peacetime stocks of Banshees. They were deployed against the UNSC for the first time as early as December 3, 2525 during the final stages of the Battle of Alpha Corvi II, alongside many Irdnekt-pattern Banshees, notably when the United Rebel Front forces led by Captain Whitaker were making their last stand against the overwhelming Covenant ground forces.[9]

By 2550, the Is'belox-pattern Banshee was a commonplace vehicle in the Covenant's armed forces.[1] It was deployed in an extensive use over course of the Fall of Reach and Battle of Installation 04.[10][11] Again, numerous of these Banshees were later used during the Battle for Earth, notably by the Fleet of Sacred Consecration during the Battle of Mombasa.[12]

A large number of new commissioned Is'belox-pattern Banshees was later extensively employed by Jul 'Mdama's Covenant in the Post-Covenant War conflicts, mostly at Requiem while the 'Mdama was building up his forces on the shield world during the Battle of Requiem and until Requiem Campaign.[1][13] The Banshee variant used by the Banished and its local occupation fleet led by War Chief Escharum during the conflicts on Installation 07 in 2560 was likely based on the model of the Is'belox-pattern Banshee and it may be possible that several of these Banshees, if not most or all, were heavily-modified Covenant T-26B Banshees.[14]


The Type-26B design pattern has a number of known variants. Differences in design variation can be attributed to specialised functionality and aesthetic preference, and can be used to identify specific military units.[3]

Other variants[edit]

The Type-26B variant employed by the Covenant, including during the Fall of Reach and Battle of Installation 04, features an iridescent green canopy similar to that of the Irdnekt-pattern Banshee.[15][16] Banshees used by Jul 'Mdama's Covenant in the post-war era features a dark blue-purple canopy, and is modified to perform better in space environments.[2]

Non-canon and dubious canon appearances[edit]

Silver Timeline[edit]

Main article: Silver Timeline

Banshees are used by the Covenant against humanity.[17]

Production notes[edit]

The Is'belox-pattern Banshee is the Banshee design introduced in Halo: Reach and later featured in Halo 4, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo 2: Anniversary's multiplayer mode. 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.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo Waypoint, Banshee (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 119
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Halo Legendary Crate - Data Drop #17
  4. ^ Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary: Library - Banshee
  5. ^ a b c d Halo: Reach Manual
  6. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 286
  7. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level New Alexandria
  8. ^ Halo 4, campaign level Dawn
  9. ^ Halo: Collateral Damage, issue 3
  10. ^ Halo: Reach
  11. ^ Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
  12. ^ Hunt the Truth: Season 1
  13. ^ Halo 4
  14. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Showcase Sensitive (Retrieved on Jun 16, 2021) [archive]
  15. ^ Halo: Reach, In-game Banshee model
  16. ^ Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, In-game Banshee model
  17. ^ YouTube - Paramount+, Halo The Series (2022) Official Trailer (Retrieved on Mar 14, 2022)