"There is an old Jaffa saying, General Hammond: They do not build them as they once did."

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.



A Needle Threader exiting a Stargate.

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")

The ship is powered by a Naquadah reactor and has a hull made out of Trinium. The ship is 4 meters long and both 6.5 meters tall and wide. (SG1: "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 the year 1899. 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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    Some issues of The DVD Collection magazine are known to contain errors with respect to the dimensions they provide for spaceships. Dimensions for the same class of ship may vary between issues. The dimensions given in an issue may contradict how the ship visually appears on screen. The dimensions of two ships which appear similarly sized on screen may be given different measurements in The DVD Collection magazines. However, as the DVD Collection Magazines are officially licensed by MGM (and thus considered canon) Stargate Wiki includes them, while noting the apparent discrepancies in instances where they occur. See policy and List of spaceships by size for more information.
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

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