Stark wrote:PS 'watch the movies before you write a novel on it', hypocrite-man. ESB clearly shows a TIE pilot ejecting, and if you're too stupid, blind or dishonest well that's not my problem.
A bit of googling seems to throw this somewhat in question, though.
the author of http://cold.org/~brandon/StarWars/BadGuide.html wrote:A friend of mine told me about reading a story on the special effects in the Star Wars movies just after Return of the Jedi came out. In the story, the special effects guy talked about them creating a scene in the Empire Strikes Back where a TIE Fighter pilot is visible in a ball of flame after his ship is blown up. After watching all the movies on his wide-screen laser disk version, we found it.
In the Empire Strikes Back, side 2, frames 23967-23983. It is the scene where the Falcon first enters the asteroid field. The first TIE Fighter to get hit by an asteroid explodes. In the center of the explosion you can see the pilot (on fire) spinning from the center of the screen to the lower left. I checked it out on my letterboxed VHS version (from the beginning of the tape (not the beginning of the movie) it is 39 min. and 40 sec. (to 39 min. and 41 sec.)) it is visible but I only have a 3 head VCR and the freeze frame sucks. But it's there... honest.
I do find it more likely that it's an instance either of a very crude, or a malfunctioning ejection system (as it didn't catapult the pilot clear of the blast, or [if my mental image is correct] come with an ejector seat). Still, I'm hesitant to accept this scene as conclusive evidence.
Obviously, there's the ejection from the TIE Fighter game (possibly X v TIE too?), but unless I'm mistaken (which I very well may be, having read only a very small portion of the EU) other EU references state that TIEs lack ejection capability.
Can we state with confidence that the TIE has an ejection system? If so, why? Are there other EU sources that support its existence? For that matter, which are the sources that state that TIEs lack this capability?