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A young rebel pilot assigned to the rebel base on Yavin 4, Wedge Antilles flew an X-wing in the attack on the Death Star, where he was assigned the call sign Red Two. He met Luke Skywalker in the briefing about the Death Star’s defenses, and doubted that any computer – let alone a living pilot – could make the miraculous shot needed to strike the station’s unprotected thermal exhaust port. Wedge proved himself an expert pilot above the Death Star, emerging unscathed from several dogfights. But his X-wing was damaged in the rebels’ final attack run, leaving him unable to maneuver in the tight confines of the Death Star’s trench. He reluctantly flew away from the station, and witnessed Luke’s one-in-a-million shot that destroyed the Imperial superweapon.


After the Battle of Yavin, Wedge became a respected member of Rogue Squadron, piloting an X-wing in many battles against the Empire. He was assigned to Echo Base on the bleak ice world of Hoth, and flew a snowspeeder under the call sign Rogue Three. Wedge and his gunner Janson were the first pilots to down an AT-AT, using their snowspeeder’s harpoon and tow cable to trip up the walker after its armor proved too strong for the rebels’ blaster cannons. After the battle, Wedge flew his X-wing to the designated rendezvous point.


Wedge served as Red Leader in the Battle of Endor, capably guiding his squadron against long odds as the rebels were caught between the fully operational second Death Star and an Imperial task force. Once Han Solo succeeding in bringing down the battle station’s protective shield, Wedge followed the Millennium Falcon into the Death Star’s superstructure. He fired a proton torpedo into the main reactor’s power regulator, damaging it sufficiently for Lando Calrissian to target the reactor itself. Wedge then raced through the labyrinthine confines of the battle station and escaped seconds before the doomed Death Star exploded.

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