In the early days of cost-effective torchflight, there was no military spacecraft more innovative than the Irme-Netphe Driveyards Swift. The Swift was classified as a scout, but was easily modified to produce what we now recognize as the first iteration of a space fighter. In this role, the tiny Swift was tasked to burning towards enemy fleets in excess of 1g- better than even the few other deployed torchships- and, with its relatively small armament force-multiplied by being largely uncatchable by the defense guns of true warships, distracting escort spacecraft from the less immediately dangerous warships following them. In this role the Swift excelled- many a battle has been won when a flagship made the calculations necesssary to realize its escorts, having sallied out against scouts like the Swift, were too far away to properly defend against the enemy warships englobing them.
The day of the Swift is long past- battle roles evolved and changed, quickly becoming almost unrecognizable; and technology quickly made large torchdrives possible- and unlike the vast warships some feared scout craft would make obsolete, the Swift was quickly relegated first to local response fleets, and then largely to the scrapyard. Many Swifts were either destroyed or scrapped, their bones being used to produce their replacements, but a select few found their place in museums. One particularly unique example is Swift #467 "Betaniy"/"Don't Wanna Choose A Name That Implies I'll Explode Again", in the Irme-Netphe Community Museum- this Swift was mission-killed after distracting a record 27 separate escorts in one battle... then recovered, rebuilt, redeployed, and quickly mission-killed again. It is one of a few craft displayed in such a manner that one can examine the intricate design work of its internal machinery, with the original torch drive disassembled to allow for easy viewing of its many components- incidentally allowing one to walk through the space where a fusion bottle would be.
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