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In The Empire Strikes Back Yoda uses the Force to lift Luke's X-Wing out of the water and put it on land. In Attack of the Clones and in many instances in the second series of The Clone Wars, Anakin (and others) use the Force to jump higher than they could otherwise, or to jump from very high locations, but I don't think I've ever seen the Force used for outright self-levitation.

But if Yoda could lift the X-Wing, shouldn't a strong Jedi be able to lift himself and, essentially, fly with the help of the Force?

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    Sure, E.T. did it! – DavRob60 Feb 6 '12 at 13:19
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    @DavRob60: ET is no Jedi, ET is a Timelord. – Jeff Feb 6 '12 at 13:38
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    @Jeff, E.T. is Jedi Timelord Federation officer Wizard. And he posses on of the Seven Rings. – DavRob60 Feb 6 '12 at 13:45
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    ET is NOT a Wizard! No long white beard! – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 6 '12 at 18:57
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    press > ` or >shift + ` then type in > noclip :D – Sid Mar 12 '12 at 1:44

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Yes

Perhaps most directly, Mother Talzin is shown to be able to use the Force to levitate:

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Another notable example of Force flight occurs in Lords of the Sith:

Using the Force, Vader stopped his rotation and reeled himself in toward the large, jagged, smoking hole his interceptor had torn in the transport’s hull. Loose hoses and electrical lines dangled from the edges of the opening, leaking gases and shooting sparks into space. A portion of his ship’s wing had survived the impact and was lodged in the bulkhead. The rest had been vaporized on impact.

Lords of the Sith

Here Vader has ejected himself into space, and used the Force to propel himself through vacuum toward a ship. Of note is that while Vader seems to be achieving flight by mentally grabbing hold of the ship (suggesting that he’s using an object to "grab onto"), he’s nonetheless able to affect himself directly with the Force (stopping his rotation).

Some Force jumps, in canon, appear to be using the Force directly to enhance one’s trajectory (rather than to give one enhanced strength):

Then you are flying upward. Yes. Flying. You never knew you could. But you can. You are. Freezing carbon gas is filling the pit, but you are above it now, perched on a pipe attached to the ceiling.

So You Want to Be a Jedi?

As to why we don’t see this more frequently:

  1. Strength. Luke, Vader, and Talzin are all powerful, and the latter two are highly trained. It’s probably just harder to move oneself through the Force than to move external objects, particularly when it requires constant effort (like Talzin’s levitation) rather than a one-time exertion (perhaps Luke’s jump).
  2. Risks. Flying requires a constant exertion, as mentioned, and thus constant concentration. Eventually the Force user will grow tired (as we’ve seen, Force telekinesis definitely causes mental or physical exertion), and if they’re too high, they’ll fall. In combat, this could be a serious risk: do you really want to be absolutely dependent on your concentration, 1000 feet above the ground, when fifty battle droids are firing at you and you have to deflect their shots with your lightsaber? But even outside combat, it might be impossible or imprudent for the average Jedi to fly for any extended period of time. We mostly see flight indirectly (through short, enhanced Force jumps), rather than as a prolonged thing. Much safer.
  3. Not much of a benefit. Ships and jetpacks are generally easy available and don’t require effort or risk. Why not just use them (as Jedi indeed do, at least in the case of ships).
  • Would you be interested or willing to add a note or something pointing out which sources are considered canon now and which aren't? From what I understand, these sources are new canon except for the last one, So You Want to Be a Jedi? – Tango Dec 25 '16 at 15:01
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    @Tango - They are all canon. However, when I asked Pablo Hidalgo about contradictions between So You Want to be a Jedi? and the films, he said that it was someone telling an in-universe story, and an odd example. From the book: Tell you what. I’m going to tell you a story. Not just a story. The story. The story of one of the greatest Jedi ever. As I tell it, I’m going to give you some tests. To see if you’ve got what it takes. So I suppose we’re to take it with a grain of salt, accepting that some embellishments and inaccuracies are being introduced. – Adamant Dec 25 '16 at 19:08
  • I thought SYWTBAJ was from a magazine article in the 1990s. Do I have the wrong information on that? – Tango Dec 26 '16 at 19:15
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    @Tango - It is the new junior novelization of ESB. – Adamant Dec 26 '16 at 19:51
  • Okay. Thanks for clarifying that for me. – Tango Dec 27 '16 at 0:17
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Sure, but as far as I know, it's only seen in the extended universe. You see quite a few characters using this ability, including our old friend, Luke Skywalker.

See the Wookiepedia entry on Telekinesis; Specifically, the Force Flight section for examples.

  • Wondering if force lightning could be used for a flying effect (effectively a downward force pushing the object in the opposite direction) in contrast to a telekinesis effect. – Jason Feb 6 '12 at 16:52
  • @Jason: No because the users of a force push doesn't feel any effect (action but no counter-action). If he was pushed back by the same amount, it would work. – Aaron Digulla Mar 12 '12 at 13:18
  • See this answer which shows the answer is yes in canon. – ThePopMachine Dec 4 '15 at 19:12
  • I'm pretty sure Dooku was shown to be able to fly in the Clone Wars cartoon, or at the very least to be able to levitate. – RSmith Dec 4 '15 at 19:46
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    +1, that Force Flight section is pretty convincing – DCShannon Mar 10 '16 at 20:38
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Yes, it is done in movie canon.

In The Phantom Menace, during the duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul, after Qui-Gong Jinn is impaled, Obi-Wan is dangling in the pit. He then rises thirty feet in the air and performs a flip. It's pretty clear this is not just a feat of arm strength. Besides that being an impossible act (even for a Jedi) using strength alone, he appears to be rising at a more-or-less constant rate.

See roughly the 4:35 mark.

  • Thirty feet? I don't think so... – Matemáticos Chibchas Mar 5 '16 at 6:48
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    @MatemáticosChibchas, I count around one fully outstretched Kenobi (8ft) from his hands to the deck plus half a Kenobi from his hands to his centre of gravity (4ft) plus one Darth Maul (6ft) plus the extra clearance above his head (3ft), so would you accept twenty? (It doesn't change the answer. ) – ThePopMachine Mar 5 '16 at 16:55
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    I've always interpreted that as enhancing his strength with the force, rather than levitating. I don't see anything in the video or the argument here to change that conclusion. – DCShannon Mar 10 '16 at 20:30
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    @DCShannon: (1) It doesn't look to me like he really bent his arms to achieve that speed, unless you think he has truly enhanced finger strength and (2) he appears to be rising at a fairly constant rate, not decelerating due to gravity. You can only do that by applying a constant force (i.e. the Force, heh heh!) over a distance and that means levitating. – ThePopMachine Mar 10 '16 at 21:07
  • @ThePopMachine Yes, twenty is good for me ;-). – Matemáticos Chibchas Mar 13 '16 at 1:14
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In the 2003 animation, Star Wars: Clone Wars (not the 3D CGI one, the earlier one), Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus can be seen levitating himself into the air, then floating down into the arena to meet with Ventress.

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    I've taken the liberty of adding a clip of the scene and removing the other example. It detracted from the rest of the answer. – Valorum Feb 16 '17 at 22:04
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We've seen them levitate objects only for short distances and time-periods. So they can only fly short distances by "Force-jumping," or falling longer distances safely, but they can't fall infinitely far, seen with Mace Windu falling to his death, and Obi-wan needing to be rescued by Anakin after falling from the droid on Coruscant, i.e. there is no "Force-parachute."

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In the new (Disney Canon) novelisation of the film Empire Strikes Back, we have the following passage when Luke narrates his fight with Vader and his remarkable jump out of the carbonite freezing chamber

Then you [Luke] are flying upward. Yes. Flying. You never knew you could. But you can. You are. Freezing carbon gas is filling the pit, but you are above it now, perched on a pipe attached to the ceiling.

Vader looks down—and then up at you. “Impressive…” he says. Is there a smile in his voice?

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    care to expound? Who's talking when they say "...You never knew you could. But you can..."? Who are they talking to? Is that a force vision or something? – RedCaio Apr 2 '16 at 2:52
  • Exactly what @RedCaio said. Could you give us more context. – Tango Apr 2 '16 at 5:37
  • @redcaio - Better now? – Valorum Apr 2 '16 at 6:22
  • so, Luke is referring to Luke in the 2nd person, like talking to your reflection in the mirror like they're someone else? He's ... golluming? – RedCaio Apr 2 '16 at 7:19
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Yes

In the Star Wars: Rebels season 2 finale, Twilight of the Apprentice, we see the Inquisitors can fly by using the Force to manipulate their lightsabers.

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    Not to be pedantic, but aren't they using their lightsabers like helicopter blades? – Valorum Mar 31 '16 at 21:34
  • @richard The OP didn't ask if they could fly unassisted, only if they could fly with the Force, which the Inquisiters did. – Rogue Jedi Mar 31 '16 at 21:50
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    uh, yah that is a spoiler. I haven't seen Rebels season 2 yet, and now the surprise of who can fly and how they do it is completely spoiled, so thanks a lot. – RedCaio Apr 2 '16 at 3:07
  • See meta discussion: meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/9399/… – RedCaio Apr 2 '16 at 3:13
  • Do the Inquisitors really use the force to fly? Couldn't it be purely technology-driven? – Mark Rogers Dec 15 '17 at 18:20
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To add on to the other answers this has also been shown to happen in The Last Jedi. As the film is still new though I'll had the information into a spoiler block.

Towards the end of the film when Luke is force projecting himself onto Crait to distract Kylo Ren and the First Order his physical self back on Ahch-To is levitating above the rock.

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In Disney movie canon, we see two obvious examples in The Last Jedi:

1. After Leia is blown out of her ship, she uses the Force to glide back into the ship

2. At the end of the film, it is clearly shown that Luke levitates as a result of, or in conjunction with, the effort related to his Force Astral Projection onto Crait.

By most reasonable definitions, both of these constitute flight.

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In the Clone Wars, the character Old Daka uses the Force (or Magick - as is referred to by the Nightsisters) to float. This is the product of a spell meant to raise the dead, but is a demonstration of 'flight' and indicates it is possible. However, it also suggests that flight is inefficient and might just be a product of the spell itself.

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It seems (by logic based on just the films and tv shows) that one can levitate by using the force (just as Yoda lifted the X-Wing out of he swamp) or to project themselves (as Vader projected various objects at Luke while fighting him). While levitating, it appears one could move themselves in different directions, but at the slower speed of levatation. But to move at a speed that would be considered flying and change direction, I'm not so sure. It seems that to move objects (or one's self) at a speed that would be considered flying would disallow for maneuvering in a way that actually makes it true flying... hence why when people use force to move things at a fast rate, they move in a straight line, but when they are moved at a slower rate, it qualifies as levitation. So the real question is at what speed something is no longer levitating, but flying.

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    This seems more like a comment than a separate answer, sorry – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 9 '14 at 3:04
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There have been many instances of flight, more recently in star wars Rebels, you have the inquisitors using the lightsaber as helicopter's to fly, and Kanan has demonstrated both the ability to make a super long jump as in the two episodes of Geonosis in season 3 and the super high jump in the season 4 opener that required Ezra and Sabine to use a jet pack. Yet, Kanan cleared the vertical leap with one.

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    That's not flight so much as being able to jump further than usual, as you stated in your answer. – amflare Dec 15 '17 at 18:03
  • Is that flight? Or is that just a jump? – Edlothiad Dec 15 '17 at 19:07

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