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So I was looking through the Incredible Cross Sections book and Imperator-Class Star Destroyers have two side hangars each with two openings; one the outside and one to that big space where the Tantive IV was taken into in ANH, but Venator Star Destroyers have extremely similar hangars to the Imperator-Class with a underside opening and two side hangars but it also has a very large front hangar section with many hangars lining the bow of the ship and then the bow opens up allowing those ships to take off. Why did the Imperator-Class remove the bow hangars and just keep the side ones? Is there a reason for this? I want a Legends answer but I will take a Canon answer as a secondary answer.

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The larger hangar was unnecessary.

According to various Cross-Sections and other reference works, the standard fighter complement of a Venator was up to 420 fighter craft (192 V-wings, 192 Actises, and 36 ARC-170s), plus either 20 or 40 LAAT/i gunships (depending on the source) and some unspecified shuttles.

In contrast, the Imperator has various configurations of TIE fighters but always 72, plus perhaps a few dozen shuttles and landing craft of different types.

Given that the total number of small craft was cut severely, it's not really a big surprise that the hangar space and launching capacity was reduced as well.

The bow hangar was a weak point.

The large bow opening allows the Venator to launch a lot of fighters at once, but it's also a very large piece of the ship to be moving. It was slow to open and close, and was relatively easy for an enemy to attack. This might be a worthwhile tradeoff when you have 400 fighters to get into space all at once, but less so with the reduced fighter complement of the Imperial Star Destroyer.

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  • Wait, people other than the jedi flew in "Jedi Interceptors"? – SpyBoxOnline Apr 6 at 14:18
  • @SpyBoxOnline I think (I don't have the Cross-Sections, unfortunately) that the numbers were "on paper" specs rather than representing any one specific Venator, so it's possible that in general service, the Actis interceptors were replaced with something else. On the other hand, some sources indicate that there were non-Jedi versions of the Actis too. – Cadence Apr 6 at 16:16
  • My impression was that in the phase 1 era they used V-19 torrents for fighters, and Y-wings for bombers. Then in the phase 2 era they used ARC-170s for fighters and V-wings for bombing. Maybe it just meant that it could hold 192 small ships like that. Idk – SpyBoxOnline Apr 6 at 16:22
  • @SpyBoxOnline Fwiw, Clone troopers fly Actises (Actes?) in some of the Legends-era Battlefront games, but it's unclear if it's just a game mechanic. – Milo P Apr 6 at 20:34
  • @MiloP yeah, i'm aware of that. I think it is because they couldn't come up with a "interceptor" ship for the Republic and chose the Eta Actis. – SpyBoxOnline Apr 6 at 20:55

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