The Rebel Alliance sought to counter the Empire’s production of standard TIE fighters and experimental models by developing a new starfighter that could outfly them all. The A-wing was a wedge-shaped strike fighter that took design inspiration from Republic starfighters of the Clone Wars, sacrificing shields, armor, and heavy weapons for raw speed. A-wings were tough to maintain and tougher to fly, but pilots who mastered their controls took pride in being able to say they flew the fastest starfighters in the galaxy. A-wings ultimately played a large role in the Battle of Endor, and the Rebels' greatest victory over the Empire.

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