A Needle Threader is a specialized Death Glider constructed by the Goa'uld that can travel through the Stargate in a maneuver called "Threading the Needle." It is similar in aim and design to Ancient Puddle Jumpers but, unlike their Ancient counterparts, do not have systems designed to automatically navigate through the Gate. The Needle Threader was discontinued after it proved difficult for pilots to master.
It carries two crew, a pilot and a gunner, although just like the ordinary Death Glider, it can operate with just a pilot. While the normal Death Glider has two anhedral or down-pointing wings, this craft has one curved into a cylinder around the central hull and the tied by horizontal airfoils tying the first to the fuselage. The craft has two energy weapons, similar to Staff cannons, which have a range of 70 meters. (SG1: "Into the Fire", "The DVD Collection 15")
This ship was used when SG-1 was being held by Hathor's forces. It was hidden away by Bra'tac around one hundred years before the events of Stargate: SG-1. It was used to attack the Stargate on Eskal, and ultimately led to Stargate Command gaining control of the gate. Since this time, it is unknown what has happened to the Death Glider. (SG1: "Into the Fire")
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|Goa'uld starship classes|
|Attack ships||Al'kesh · Cheops class warship · Death Glider · Ha'tak · Needle Threader|
|Transport ships||Archaic Tel'tak · Tel'tak · Transport Glider · Troopship|