The F-302 fighter-interceptor is the production model of the X-302 hyperspace fighter, an air and space superiority vehicle operated by the United States Air Force, the Russian Federation and possibly the People's Republic of China. It is Earth’s first viable space-worthy fighter-interceptor.
The Prometheus and Daedalus-class series of warships carry one and two squadrons of F-302 fighter-interceptors, respectively. They have been used for planetary defense and stationed on off-world at locations such as the Alpha Site on P4X-650, the Gamma Site and Icarus Base. In addition to aerial combat, they are also designed to transport and deploy objects such as satellites into orbit. It has, thus far, proved superiority over both Death Gliders and Wraith Darts mainly due to its missiles, which are more effective in dogfight scenarios than forward firing energy weapons. Though not a normal feature, F-302s can be equipped with nuclear weapons, increasing their effectiveness against enemy ships such as a hive ship. (SG1: "Fallen", "Fragile Balance", "Lost City, Part 2") (SGA: "Allies", "No Man's Land", "Enemy at the Gate")
The X-302 was the pre-production designation of the F-302, Earth's second attempt at constructing a combat-capable spacecraft. It was developed using recovered alien technology at Area 51. Unlike the X-301 Interceptor the X-302 was constructed entirely from technology designed and built on Earth. Its form and wing orientation are based on those of Goa'uld Death Gliders like the one the X-301 was built from. It was powered by a pair of jet engines modified with aerospike boosters for high altitude maneuvers. It also possess a rocket booster for additional thrust in outer space. Unlike other Earth jet fighters the X-302 was designed with inertial dampeners, allowing the pilot to accelerate and maneuver much more quickly than would ordinarily be possible. The X-302 also incorporated a Naquadria-based hyperspace window generator, intended to make it Earth's first interstellar vehicle. (SG1: "Redemption, Part 1", "Redemption, Part 2")
After the largely successful testing of the X-302 hyperspace fighter, the craft entered production with only slight modifications. The hyperdrive, which had originally been intended to allow interstellar travel, was altered to provide only short intra-system hops. Also, the two jet exhausts were modified so as to function as rockets in outer-atmosphere combat. (SG1: "Fallen")
The F-302 fighter-interceptor has four different sets of engines: air breathing jets, modified aerospikes for high altitude, a rocket booster, and a hyperspace window generator. The Goa'uld Death Gliders are not capable of entering hyperspace because the engine to create a hyperspace window would be much too large. But, because the F-302 uses Naquadria to power the hyperdrive window generator, the F-302 has a more compact hyperdrive engine and thus became the first human-built space craft thought to be capable of interstellar travel. Because of the instability of the Naquadria, however, the hyperspace window can only be generated for a very brief moment, thus greatly limiting the F-302's interstellar travel capabilities. (SG1: "Redemption, Part 1", "Redemption, Part 2", "Fallen")
Because the F-302 cannot maintain a hyperspace window for a long period of time, it is not capable of prolonged interstellar travel. In order to get it from one planet to another within the galaxy, Stargate Command disassembles the aircraft and transports it through the Stargate. F-302s do not require a very long runway, possibly having STOL capabilities, making them easy to adapt to various locations. Even with their limited hyperspace capability, the F-302s have proven their usefulness in battle situations and are stationed both on Earth and at off-world bases, such as the Alpha Site and the Gamma Site. (SG1: "Fallen", "Lost City, Part 2", "Covenant", "The Scourge", SGA: "Allies")
The X-302 hyperspace fighter reached the hypersonic speed of Mach 6 inside Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of 30 kilometers. The interceptor uses the modified aerospike engines in high altitudes. These capabilities were most likely inherited by the F-302. Along with Inertial dampeners, the F-302 also has the maneuverability of an F-22 Raptor and the ride of a Boeing 747 airliner. (SG1: "Redemption, Part 2", "Covenant")
F-302s are armed with highly effective dual Railguns and modified AIM 120A air-to-air missiles. These missile have warheads on said missiles have been enhanced with Naquadah and are capable of inflicting heavy damage to the hyperdrive systems of Wraith hive ships. They are also effective against Aurora-class battleships, taking out the hyperdrives of several during the Battle of Asuras alongside Wraith Darts. F-302s can be equipped with nuclear weapons to increase their effectiveness against various motherships, but this is not a normal feature of the craft and according to Major Paul Davis takes "some doing" to accomplish. (SGA: "No Man's Land", "Be All My Sins Remember'd", "Enemy at the Gate")
F-302's are possibly equipped with heat-seeking ordinance as well. Many pilots can be heard using the brevity code "Fox Two" when firing missiles, indicating the launch of infrared-guided missiles as opposed to the radar-guided AIM 120's which would go by Fox Three. (SG1: "Fallen", "Avalon")
The F-302 has also been shown to be equipped with a payload bay on the underside of the craft, as seen when Teal'c piloted an F-302 to deploy a Replicator disruptor satellite in orbit over the Alpha Site. Whether this payload bay can be used to carry additional weapons remains to be seen. (SG1: "Gemini")
Sensors and communications
The F-302 is equipped with a communication system capable of receiving and sending signals between Earth and Jupiter and further away.
The F-302 has a radar-like sensor capable of detecting ships about 600 km around it.
In addition to standard landing gear, it possesses three grappling cables that allow it to latch onto another object. The cables are able to withstand considerable strain, enabling the craft to tow objects far larger than the fighter itself. It also possesses a small cargo or bomb bay, which was used to deploy an anti-Replicator satellite over the Alpha Site. (SG1: "Gemini", SGA: "No Man's Land", "First Strike")
The F-302 has hundreds of safety mechanisms to compensate for anything that could go wrong. It also has an autopilot which cuts in to ensure safety. As with other Earth aircraft, the F-302, like its predecessors, the X-301 Interceptor and X-302 hyperspace fighter, features an ejection system allowing the occupants of the craft to escape the vehicle. (SG1: "Redemption, Part 1", "Redemption, Part 2", SGA: "The Intruder")
When an F-302 is destroyed, its inertial dampeners emit an Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) which can easily interfere with electrical and communications signals. This was discovered during the clean-up following the battle with Anubis's Al'kesh and Death Gliders in Antarctica. The phenomenon was studied by scientists at Area 51 and was determined to be caused by the concussive force of the craft's destruction interfering with the artificial gravity field generated by the inertial dampeners. (SG1: "Lost City, Part 2", "Ethon")
The F-302 saw its first use against the forces of Anubis, in which its hyperdrive was used to bypass the shields of his mothership and disable its primary weapon. Since then, it has handled itself well in combat against both the Goa'uld Death Glider and Wraith Dart. (SG1: "Fallen", "Lost City, Part 2", SGA: "No Man's Land")
Both the BC-303 and the BC-304-classes have been outfitted with a complement of F-302 fighter-interceptors. The Prometheus, the only BC-303 constructed, was outfitted with a squadron of eight F-302s. Additionally, every 304 carries twice as many fighters as the Prometheus. (SG1: "Lost City, Part 2", SGA: "The Intruder") In exchange for use of the Alpha Gate, the United States provided Russia with the plans for both the X-302 hyperspace fighter and X-303. The Russian BC-304 Korolev carried a complement of F-302s. (SG1: "Redemption, Part 2", "Camelot") The F-302s have since been used actively by the Tau'ri fleet and have participated in most major battles of the Tau'ri.
When a Wraith computer virus took over the Daedalus, it took control of the 302 Lt. Colonel John Sheppard was piloting and flew him away from the ship after he thwarted its attempt to draw the Wraith in by using the ship's long-range transmitter. Sheppard was beamed out, but the virus kept the 302 following the Daedalus. When the crew tried to destroy the virus by shutting down the ship's systems and rebooting with clean back-ups, the virus survived by downloading itself into the navigational computers of all of the 302s in the fighter bay. When Sheppard and Dr. Rodney McKay tried to stop the virus by removing the navigation computers, it survived because it still controlled the 302 located outside the ship, so the two took the 302 they were in and battled the virus-controlled ship, eventually destroying it. Once the virus had no more 302s to control and hide in, it was successfully eradicated by a third shutdown. (SGA: "The Intruder")
During the prelude to the Battle of the Void, Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard launched four F-302s from the Daedalus in an effort to take out two Hive ships hyperdrives. The fighters were very effective in combat, taking out all the Wraith Darts opposing them but couldn't reach the Hive ships before they started to jump to hyperspace. Sheppard had the other F-302s return to the Daedalus while he latched onto the back of one of the Hive ships and hitched a ride through hyperspace. Once the Hive ships dropped out of hyperspace and following instructions from the Wraith known as Michael Kenmore, Sheppard used his 302's missiles to take out one of the hive's ventral hyperspace generators, disabling its hyperdrive and buying time for friendly forces to reach him. Before he could do the same to the other Hive ship, Darts were launched and the F-302 had its right wing blown off and was disabled. Sheppard was captured but was rescued by Michael. (SGA: "Allies", "No Man's Land")
During the Battle of Asuras, F-302s from at least the Daedalus and possibly the Apollo fought side-by-side with Wraith Darts to take out the hyperdrives of the Asuran Aurora-class battleships. The combined Dart and F-302 forces prove to be highly effective, with only a single Replicator ship being able to make a failed attempt at jumping to hyperspace. At one point, an F-302's missiles visibly took down an Asuran ship's severely weakened shields and took out the hyperdrive. (SGA: "Be All My Sins Remember'd")
During the Battle of M2S-445, the Daedalus dispatched its F-302s to defend the ship and take out the main weapons of Michael's cruiser. They succeeded and also drew out a force of Wraith Darts, allowing Sheppard and his team to sneak on board the ship and rescue Teyla Emmagan. The 302s took out the Darts and flew out of the way as the Daedalus destroyed the cruiser. (SGA: "Search and Rescue")
In 2009 during the Battle of the Super-hive, Sheppard decided to launch a first strike against the Super-hive with a squadron of F-302s that were on standby with Earth Defense. Sheppard had them equipped with nuclear warheads to make them more effective and hopefully powerful enough to take out the Hive. The squadron was successfully fitted with nukes, but were deployed instead to cover Area 51 from a Wraith Dart attack. All of the squadron except Sheppard's 302 were destroyed in the skirmish and part of Area 51 was destroyed. In a last desperate move, Sheppard flew his 302 into orbit and once the Hive got close enough, blasted his way through the Dart Bay doors with a missile. He then landed his F-302 in the Dart Bay and prepared to detonate the nuke the fighter was retrofitted with. After being stopped by McKay, the nuke was rigged with a remote detonator and the F-302 was left by itself and apparently was never detected. Ultimately Sheppard remote detonated his F-302's nuke, destroying the Hive ship. (SGA: "Enemy at the Gate")
Later in 2009, Colonel David Telford engaged the fleet attacking Icarus Base in an F-302 along with other 302s from the base and from the George Hammond. Later, F-302s from the George Hammond were used to disable the shielding around the Lucian Alliance outpost so the base could be captured and to rescue Dr. Nicholas Rush who had been captured. The mission failed as the planet was destroyed as the Lucian Alliance dialed Destiny without properly calibrating the power systems, and two F-302s were lost. (SGU: "Air, Part 1", "Incursion, Part 1")
- In the alternate reality where the Stargate Program became public during the Battle of Antarctica, F-302s bombed an Irish village. (SG1: "The Road Not Taken")
- At least three alternate realities possessed them as the reality jumping Daedalus used to have them, but the crew took them when they abandoned ship, and the reality under alien attack launched an attack against the Alien fighters with them to rescue the nearly disabled Daedalus. (SGA: "The Daedalus Variations")
- In another alternate reality, F-302s took part in the fight against Wraith Darts over Earth after a hive ship located the planet. The alternate version of Rodney McKay noted to the alternate John Sheppard that the drone weapons from the Antarctic outpost took out the hive ship before it could launch too many Darts, but that the F-302s still had quite a fight on their hands. McKay then briefly explained what an F-302 was to Sheppard who was a Las Vegas Police Detective in that reality. (SGA: "Vegas")
- Off-world bases
- Area 51
- Earth Defense
- Stargate Command
- USS Prometheus (now destroyed)
- Daedalus-class warships
- 1st SFW - "Snake Skinners"
- 201st Space Fighter Squadron - "Darkstar Titans"
- 510th Space Fighter Squadron - "Death Angels"
- 701st Space Fighter Squadron - "Dragon Riders"
- 901st Space Fighter Squadron - "Flying Tigers"
- 1st TFW - "Wraithwaxers"
- Lt. General Jack O'Neill
- Colonel Samantha Carter
- Colonel Cameron Mitchell
- Colonel David Telford
- Lt. Colonel Melissa Hocken
- Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
- Major Evan Lorne
- Major Pat Meyers
- Major Valens
- Captain Chavez
- Captain Dwaine Grant
- Lt. Adam Banks
- Lt. Matthew Scott (in a flight simulator)
- Alec Colson (on a joy ride)
References and notes
- GateWorld's article on
|Tau'ri spaceship classes|
|Fighters||( X-301 ) · ( X-302 ) · F-302|
|Battlecruisers||( X-303 ) · BC-303 · BC-304|