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Craft: Mobquest Flare-S Swoop
Type: Swoop
Length: 2.5 Meters
Weapons: None
Crew: 1 Pilot
Top Speed: 650 Kilometers per hour with a maximum altitude of 350 meters
Troop Capacity: N/A
Cargo Capacity: 2 Kilograms
Passengers: N/A

A high-speed, lightweight repulsorlift vehicle. Much faster than speeder bikes, swoops are also more difficult to control and offer no protection in a crash. Considered crude and noisy, swoops are often nothing more than large repulsorlift engines with seats, capable of reaching 650 kilometers per hour. Although incredibly dangerous, swoop racing is a common sporting event throughout the galaxy; in fact, Han Solo was a top-notch swoop pilot in his youth. Outlaw swoop gangs are also prevalent on Tatooine and other planets along the Outer Rim.

Most swoops consist of a lightweight alloy frame surrounding powerful ion and repulsorlift engines, with only a seat and simple controls added to this crude design. The maneuvering flaps and control vanes used to steer the craft are adjusted by controls in the hand grips, but the pilot must also shift his weight in order to make tight turns. Changes in speed and altitude are made through the knee pegs and foot pegs. Few swoops have weapons, and virtually none provide any type of armor.

Because they are inexpensive, fast, and easy to repair, swoops have spawned a culture of "swoop riders," and the vehicles can be found on virtually all inhabited Outer Rim worlds. Aside from outlaw swoop gangs and professional swoop racers, these vehicles can be found in the service of military scouts, pirates, smugglers, and a variety of criminals.

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