why is it called a tie fighter

What does the T. I. E. in T. I. E. Fighter stand for? The girls at work were doing a quiz the other day and one of the questions was what does TIE stand for as in TIE Fighter? They immediately looked at me for the answer. Twin something Engine" which kind of answered the question but in reality I had no idea what that meant in the Star Wars universe. We soon found the correct answer. What is a twin ion engine indeed?


TIE fighters' solar panels power a twin ion engine system that accelerates gases at a high speed along almost any vector, affording the ships tremendous speed and maneuverability. In reality, no one knows what that means.
Become a recruit of the Imperial Navy under the command of Darth Vader, and pilot space vehicles that will leave you breathless. In the wake of the Battle of Hoth, through their treachery at Yavin, the alliance of Rebels and other criminals have threatened the very foundation of the peaceful Empire.


The Imperial Navy is called upon to eradicate the last of the rebellion and restore law and order. As an Imperial navy starfighter pilot, you will safeguard imperiled lives thoughout the galaxy. Join the Emperor's cause in eliminating the Rebel uprising as the Empire strikes back!


Key features: Includes STAR WARS Б: TIE Fighter and STAR WARS Б: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire, both 1994 (DOS) and 1998 (Windows) versions, and STAR WARS Б: TIE Fighter - Enemies of the Empire 1998 (Windows). Get swept away in story line loaded with spectacular cinematic cutscenes! Step into a 3D world filled with Imperial and Rebel starfighters!

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