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Type-26C Banshee

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This article is about the Banshee introduced in Halo 3. For other Banshee variants, see here.
Type-26C Ground Support Aircraft
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Production information

Manufacturer:

Assembly Forges (pre-Great Schism)[1]
Lodam Armory (post-Covenant War)[1]

Model:

Type-26C

Technical specifications

Length:

5.5 meters (18 ft) (T-26B)[2][3]

Engine(s):

Boosted gravity propulsion drive

Armament:

Crew:

One pilot[4]

Usage

In service:

Human-Covenant War
Great Schism
Post-Covenant War conflicts

Role(s):

Ground support aircraft

Affiliation:

 
Banshees, fast and low![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]

Overview[edit]

Specifications[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]

Variants[edit]

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.

Usage[edit]

The T-26C was the standard model utilized by the Prophet of Truth's forces during the Battle of Earth and the Battle of Installation 00 in late 2552.[1] The T-26C was later employed by Merg Vol's Covenant during the post-war Battle of Draetheus V[6] and by Vata 'Gajat's mercenary group during the Battle of Ealen IV.[7]

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]

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.
  • In the cover art and key art for Halo 5: Guardians, T-26Cs can be seen flying; however, they are not present in the final game, instead having been replaced by the Type-54 Banshee in the game.

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Note[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.

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