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The Skyfire was a massive gunship helmed by who succeeded , lost during the fight against . In addition to its numerous cannons, the gunship was equipped with a pair of harpoon guns seized during the Northrend campaign.
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The Skyfire, helmed by Sky Captain Swayze, was called into service to aid in the defense of Wyrmrest Temple during the final assault by and the Twilight Dragonflight. After attacked Deathwing with the Dragon Soul, causing him to flee to the Maelstrom, the Skyfire gave chase with a band of adventurers and delivered them, via parachute onto Deathwing's back. Tragically, both Swayze and the orc were thrown off Deathwing's back during this maneuver, falling hundreds of feet into the Frozen Sea.
Mists of Pandaria
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After Deathwing's defeat, the Skyfire was returned to active duty under the command of Sky Admiral Rogers. Alliance adventurers use it to fly from Stormwind City to Pandaria for the first time, where it serves as a remote base of operations against the Horde presence on the southern shores of the Jade Forest. The Skyfire has had a complete overhaul since its encounter with Deathwing. It now carries a full complement of both fixed-wing and gyro aircraft (thirty gyrocopters) as well as a battery of 18-inch smoothbore shore bombardment cannons. To date, it is considered the most powerful ship in the Alliance fleet.
The Skyfire has appeared near Domination Point to provide the Alliance with a floating base of operations to take out the Horde and destroy their base, or at least slow them down. It also dispatches Alliance champions for the Assault on Zan'vess.
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The Skyfire saved the remnants of the Alliance forces during the Battle for the Broken Shore, despite being damaged and impeded by a gigantic fel reaver. King sacrificed himself to allow the Skyfire, which contained the remaining Alliance forces, to fly to safety during the disastrous battle.
After King Varian's funeral, the gunship was ordered to travel to Stormheim on the Broken Isles by King . The official mission was to secure the , but they were also given permission to engage 's fleet if it became necessary. The vengeful and Sky Admiral Rogers, who believed Sylvanas herself was a passenger on one of the ships, deliberately attacked as soon as they arrived. Unable to make contact with the rest of the Alliance fleet, the Skyfire proceeded with their assault. Though their forces managed to board the Forsaken ships and kill their captains, when they boarded the royal flagship they discovered that Sylvanas had already left the ship and that was leading a Horde force to sabotage the Skyfire. The forsaken attack badly damaged the Skyfire, which crashed into Stormheim. Though the gunship was destroyed, its crew survived and rallied in the Skyfire Triage Camp.
- Early in the Mists of Pandaria beta, the Skyfire was the Alliance gunship that crashed onto the Wandering Isle. It was later replaced by the Skyseeker.