They first appeared at the Battle of Geonosis, where they flew LAAT/i and LAAT/c gunships. They also operated CR20 and CR25 troop carriers. In addition, they flew starfighters such as the V-19 Torrent, ARC-170, and Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing.
These specialized troopers were normally equipped with a Drever Corp plasma disrupter, a DC-15 blaster, a SoroSuub F-187 fusioncutter, and a supply dispenser containing five packs of medicine, bacta, and ammunition.
When Phase I armor was in use, ground and starfighter pilots wore armor that featured yellow markings and specialized helmets. The pilots who flew capital ships wore a special type of this armor, as seen in the Battle of Mon Calamari during the Clone Wars.
Two sets of Phase II pilot armor were in use as of 19 BBY. The first set, which used a helmet that was not fully enclosed, was the more common set, as it was used by the majority of pilots. The second set, which had a fully-enclosed helmet and armor that looked similar to that of an AT-AT pilot, was mainly used in the V-wing starfighter, which carried no life-support system.
Clone trooper pilots were randomly picked from the normal clone ranks to be pilots and technicians. They could drive, fly, and pilot most things in the Republic's arsenal of vehicles, although many were trained to specialize in one particular craft. Because of such, they weren't a separate branch, but a joint union between the Republic's army and navy.
- Star Wars: Battlefront
- Star Wars: Battlefront II
- Star Wars: Clone Wars
- LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)