12 Days of Geek | Day 12 | Who put the TIE in TIE Fighter?

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Q. In Star Wars, what does TIE stand for in “TIE Fighter”?


TIE fighters and other TIE spacecraft are seen throughout the original Star Wars trilogy as well as throughout the expanded Star Wars universe. Other TIE craft include the TIE Advanced, TIE Shuttle, TIE Bomber, TIE Interceptor, TIE Hunter, TIE Mauler, TIE Defender, TIE Clutch, TIE Raptor and TIE Crawler. While some are built for air combat, others are land vehicles.

The common prefix refers to the type of engine used to power the craft. TIE stands for Twin Ion Engine. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters tomorrow—but you already knew that. Enjoy the film!

It’s time to wrap up the 12 Days of Geek. From chili peppers and video games to Star Wars and science experiments, the last three weeks have been about embracing our geeky sides and sharpening our abilities to recall critical facts. In addition to our daily trivia, we also released a new webinar and a new guide on video conferencing. Be sure to check them out:

WTF (Why The Face) Webinar


We took on our favorite video conferencing myths and collected some priceless IT reactions in our latest webinar. Watch the replay now.


If video conferencing is on your radar, you should definitely check out our new guide. In it, we cover the features to look for and the ones to avoid when selecting a video conferencing provider. Download guide.


This might be the end of the 12 Days of Geek, but stay tuned after the break when we go for a new high score