While normally obtainable around Parsec 31 by getting the blaster head, you can get a different ship in the very first stage. This ship can have three bullets fired on-screen normally (the standard ship usually only has two on-screen).To obtain this ship, wait until all the enemies arrange into their attacking formation, and don't fire any bullets. When they are set up, you may see a shooting star. Shoot only the second-to-left enemy on the bottom and a special flag will apear. DO NOT GET THE FLAG (it can be picked up AFTER you get the new ship, so don't worry).When the queen comes down to attack, steer your ship into it (not the blaster head). Your ship will explode, but the ship icons below will change, confirming the secret worked. From then on until Game Over, you will pilot the new ship.