|Manufacturer:||Kuat Systems Engineering|
1 Pilot, 1 Astromech Droid
The Azure Angel was a highly modified Delta-7 Aethersprite-class Starfighter that was piloted by Anakin Skywalker early in the Clone Wars. The starship was originally a standard Delta-7 fighter, but Anakin made multiple changes and heavy modifications to the starship, which he named out of his love for his recently wed wife, Senator Padmé Amidala. The ship's paint scheme - based on Skywalker's old pod racer - was eventually given to Jedi Master Plo Koon for his starfighter.
Anakin improved upon the Delta-7's original design with a different engine and weapon system configuration. He added larger engine systems to the craft, with a much larger intake system as well as a built-in hyperspace motivator. The weapon systems were enhanced, with the number of laser cannons upgraded to four and moved to the outboard position and a spinal-mount proton torpedo launcher added to give the ship added capability against larger vessels.
With its built-in hyperspace motivator, the Azure Angel no longer required the use of a hyperdrive ring as with other Jedi starfighters. He gave the ship a paint job reminiscent of his old pod racer on Tatooine.
Anakin utilized the Azure Angel, along with his copilot R4-P22, during the Battle of Muunilinst, in which he shot down many Geonosian starfighters and even used it to destroy a Separatist gun platform. However, late in the battle, a rogue fighter suddenly appeared and destroyed an entire squadron of V-19 Torrent fighters. Anakin decided to pursue the fighter, the pilot of whom, Asajj Ventress, the Sith Acolyte who had orders from Dooku to eliminate Skywalker, he could sense was strong with the Force. He chased after the fighter both above and through the capital city of Muunilinst in an effort to destroy it. But when the fighter was about to make a jump into hyperspace, Anakin had R4 plug the coordinates into his ship to continue his pursuit, despite the many protests of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Upon coming out of light speed at Yavin, Anakin piloted the Azure Angel to the moon, Yavin 4, to continue his search into the acolyte's trap. Once he landed, he was accompanied by a squad of Clone Troopers who were sent to follow him. But Ventress quickly dispatched the entire squad with the Force while in hiding, before destroying both the clones' transport, and the Azure Angel in a massive explosion, R4 along with it.