|Propulsion:||three sublight aft-mounted engines|
|Role:||Space superiority fighter|
The Colonial Viper is the primary space superiority fighter and attack craft deployed by the Colonial military. Capable of both atmospheric and long-range spacial flight, the Viper is a single-to-two-pilot craft with two-forward mounted laser-torpedo guns as standard.
The Viper is capable of rapid acceleration in the form of a rapid acceleration feature (called "turbos"), which results in greater fuel usage (Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I).
Apparently in use as early as ten-yahren into the exodus from the Twelve Colonies (The Return of Starbuck), the Vipers have a large storage compartment in the undercarriage in which a lone turbine can be stored (Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I) as well as an energizer powerful enough to render the Viper invisible for 24 Earth hours (Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II).
While the ship can be piloted by one pilot, a second person in the back seat can run scanners and other on board computron equipment. The first seat is typically the flight seat, although the second person can assume piloting duties as well, since a second set of flight controls is also available ("Galactica Discovers Earth, Part III", "Spaceball", "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I").
A Viper in the process of becoming invisible (Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I).
A Viper cockpit with both seats occupied (Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II).
An external view of the Viper in space, undergoing field repairs (Spaceball).
The Viper panel being repaired (Spaceball).
A Viper escape pod, complete with deployed parachute (The Return of Starbuck).
- None of the single-seat variants of this craft are seen in use, although they are in many of the special effects scenes in the series -- as these scenes are extensively reused from the Original Series.