|Weapons||Mk. 30A Gatling Mass Driver Cannons (2), Javelin HS (3), Dart DF (2)|
The Scimitar holds the distinction of being the longest-serving frontline fighter in Terran history, having served for over one hundred years after its development in the 2500s.
In 2645 the CF-117b Rapier was introduced and it supplanted the CF-105 Scimitar in frontline operations in the later Terran-Kilrathi War. However Scimitars were flown on a number of occasions during the Vega Campaign.
During Operation: Thor's Hammer all wings launched to escort the TCS Tiger's Claw into Kilrathi territory and fanned out to clean enemy ships ahead. During that mission many fighters were destroyed so the pilots were transferred to fly with Scimitars. Scimitars were sent to destroy TCS Falstaff which was captured by the Kilrathi. While other fighters were being repaired, pilots managed to destroy a heavily armed Kilrathi Supply Depot using only a pair of Scimitars.
After years of service, it became hopelessly obsolete. They were pulled from active service in the Terran Confederation in 2655 and any surplus vessels were sold to the Free Republic of the Landreich and the Union of Border Worlds. The Border Worlds would use these craft during the 2673 Black Lance Conspiracy, although newer spacecraft would overpower this once-reliable craft.
Origin's new F-44 Rapier II replaced the Scimitar with much more shielding, far more maneuverable, and carried four guns instead of only two on the Scimitar.
Pilots, like Knight, liked the Scimitar's strong armour and heavy guns but others, like Iceman, considered the Scimitar a gun-heavy slug without finesse comparing it to a Centaurian mud pig.
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wing Commander I, Chengdu series (Mission 3)
- ↑ Chris McCubbin, Official Authorized Wing Commander Confederation Handbook, Joan's Ships of Known Space
- ↑ Wing Commander I, McAuliffe series
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Brimstone series
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Port Hedland series
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Hubble's Star series
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Hell's Kitchen series
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Border Zone series (Mission 1)
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Border Zone series (Mission 2)
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Midgard series (Mission 1)
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Bifrost series (Mission 1)
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Firekka series (Mission 2)
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Hell's Kitchen series (Mission 1)
- ↑ Wing Commander I, McAuliffe series (Mission 1)
- ↑ Wing Commander I, Gateway series (Mission 1)