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This article is about the Banshee introduced in Halo: Combat Evolved. For other Banshee variants, see here.
The Oghal-pattern Attack Flyer, designated the Type-26A Ground Support Aircraft (T-26A GSA) by the UNSC, and more commonly known as the Banshee, is a variant of the Type-26 Banshee commonly employed in Covenant service as a standard aircraft.
The Type-26A Banshee bears heavy resemblance to the similar Type-26C model, albeit with some minor changes. Visually, the Type-26A's most notable distinction is the iridescent red canopy in place of the green found on Type-26C models. This canopy similarly leaves the pilot partially exposed (particularly the feet and lower legs). 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). 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 and a Class-3 fuel rod cannon. 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.
The Type-26A 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.
A modified Banshee variant utilized by the Banished. Incorporates design details more closely related to an aerial predator hailing from the Jiralhanae homeworld of Doisac. Many of the Banshees in Atriox's fleets have been modified with brutal and experimental weaponry, usually designed to inflict maximum damage from both a physical and psychological perspective.
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