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In Attack of the Clones, R2-D2 uses rocket thrusters to fly around the droid factory on Geonosis. To my knowledge, the droid never uses them to fly around in any of the other films (and it has already been asked Why did R2-D2 not fly in Return of the Jedi?).

Has there been any other work, in Disney Canon or in Legends, in which R2-D2 has used its rocket thrusters to fly? If not, has there ever been a reason given for why the droid has not used them since?

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He uses them again (very briefly) in the next film, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith in the scene in the hangar

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and again later in the scene, to escape from a pile of debris

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  • I remember the oil slick scene, but didn't remember that he actually flew in it (just thought that he lit it and moved on). I had no recollection of him getting out of the debris. Thanks for reminding me! – Thunderforge Jan 29 '16 at 22:46
  • What I don't get is why that burning oil slick trick worked - they're droids. They're designed for battle. Surely they could take a little fire for longer than the 2 seconds it took to knock them out. That whole scene exists just because somebody thought it'd be cool to let R2 have a fight scene for once. – Darrel Hoffman Jan 31 '16 at 19:41
  • @DarrelHoffman Well, the fire was hot enough to visibly melt their bodies. This ain't no WD-40, this is some pretty serious "oil". And yet, the flames are quite reddish, hmm... are those battle droids built from cheap plastic?! – Luaan Jan 31 '16 at 22:51
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Yes, several times in The Clone Wars cartoon. For example in S01E07, Duel of the Droids, he uses them at the end of the episode to escape onto Anakin's ship.

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And a link to a high-quality webm of the scene and a smaller version of the same clip

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R2D2 uses his rockets quite a bit in The Clone Wars cartoon.

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At one point R2D2 is part of a special droid task force and has his rockets upgraded for the mission. Secret Weapons Clone Wars s5:e10

As @Richard says he appears to have used them in Revenge of the Sith as well (although I had no memory of it).

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Early in Revenge of the Sith R2D2 briefly uses its thrusters to start a fire (after spraying some sort of black combustible liquid - possibly oil) to destroy 2 droids as Anakin and Obi-Wan are elsewhere attempting to save Palpatine, as shown in this clip.

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  • I realize my question was a bit unclear; I had meant using the thrusters to fly and I've edited my question to clarify that. Did he actually fly in that scene or did he just turn them on to ignite the oil? – Thunderforge Jan 29 '16 at 22:45
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    @Thunderforge: R2D2 flies briefly (and low) to get away from the droids and avoid getting caught in the fire itself. BTW, the clip is less than a minute long, so watching it isn't time consuming. The flight is close to the end if you want to fast forward. – GreenMatt Jan 29 '16 at 22:48
  • I see Richard has now added a gif of the scene I mentioned to his answer. – GreenMatt Jan 29 '16 at 22:49

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