GALACTIC CIVIL WAR
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.
The Rebel Alliance's starfighter corps was one of its greatest assets. There were nearly as many stories as there were pilots: Rebel starfighters were flown by Imperial defectors, reformed mercenaries, adventure-seeking farmboys, and daredevils who only truly felt alive in a cockpit. Regardless of their backgrounds, Rebel pilots learned to work together, relying on their wingmen as well as their training in countless battles against the Empire.
The X-wing is a versatile Rebel Alliance starfighter that balances speed with firepower. Armed with four laser cannons and two proton torpedo launchers, the X-wing can take on anything the Empire throws at it. Nimble engines give the X-wing an edge during dogfights, and it can make long-range jumps with its hyperdrive and its astromech droid co-pilot. Luke Skywalker is famous for destroying the Death Star behind the controls of an X-wing.
When stationed on Hoth, the Rebel Alliance modified T-47 airspeeders to become snowspeeders, fast flying conveyances for patrol and defense of their hidden base. It took some doing to keep the crippling cold from permanently grounding their airforce, but Rebel ingenuity overcame the relentless Hoth elements. The T-47 airspeeder is a small, wedge-shaped craft with two forward-facing laser cannons. In its rear arc is a harpoon gun fitted with a heavy-duty tow cable. The snowspeeder is a two-man vessel, with a pilot and rear-facing tailgunner.
The Rebel Alliance stood bravely against the evil of the Galactic Empire, never backing down despite overwhelming odds. Formed from resistance movements that arose during the Clone Wars, the Rebellion worked in secret for decades to overthrow the Emperor and restore democracy to the galaxy. Eventually, armed with the firepower of ships like the X-wing and A-wing, and the leadership of figures including Princess Leia and Admiral Ackbar, the Rebel Alliance triumphed over the Empire at the Battle of Endor.
The Death Star was the Empire’s ultimate weapon: a moon-sized space station with the ability to destroy an entire planet. But the Emperor and Imperial officers like Grand Moff Tarkin underestimated the tenacity of the Rebel Alliance, who refused to bow to this technological terror…
Hoping to crush the Rebellion once and for all, the Empire began construction of a second dreaded Death Star near Endor. But the project ran behind schedule; Death Star II was only half-finished, and the Emperor himself visited to oversee its completion.