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The Empire’s combat drivers are trained to handle everything in the Imperial ground arsenal, but AT-AT pilots see themselves as elite, controlling their massive four-footed assault vehicles in combat against rebel targets. AT-AT pilots obeyed General Veers’s orders during the Empire’s advance on Hoth’s Echo Base, destroying numerous snowspeeders and blasting apart the rebels’ ground defenses.
An eager young rebel pilot assigned to Hoth’s Echo Base, Dak dreamed of winning glorious victories in the struggle against the Empire. He served as Luke Skywalker’s tailgunner during the Battle of Hoth, but things didn’t go the way Dak had imagined them: He struggled with a malfunction in fire control, and then was killed by Imperial fire that struck the back of the snowspeeder.
Zev was a rebel pilot assigned to Echo Base on the frozen planet Hoth. Flying a snowspeeder as Rogue Two, he located Han Solo and Luke Skywalker after the two went missing during a perilous blizzard. Zev then flew with Rogue Squadron in the Battle of Hoth, but blasts from an AT-AT walker ripped through his snowspeeder, killing him.
A burly rebel pilot and friend of Biggs Darklighter, Porkins flew an X-wing at the Battle of Yavin under the call sign Red 6. His X-wing developed a mechanical problem early in the battle, leaving him struggling to maneuver. Before Porkins or his astromech could fix the problem, one of the Death Star’s turbolasers zeroed in on the X-wing, incinerating it and killing Porkins instantly.