Tauron Aerospace Corporation
Colonial Defense Force Viper MKII
Battlestar Galactica BSG 75
Fighter Squadron 3 Vigilantes
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The Colonial Viper is the primary fighter spacecraft type used by the humans in the Battlestar Galactica fictional universe. Appearing in both the 1978 and the 2003 series, the single-pilot spacecraft are carried aboard Battlestar Galactica and are the humans' main tools of defense against the fictional universe's cybernetic Cylon race.
The popularity of the original Battlestar Galactica series resulted in United States Air Force pilots nicknaming F-16 Fighting Falcons "Vipers". When the 2003 series was created, the Viper was one of the elements that the designers wanted to carry through with minimal alteration.