Heirs to the legacy of the Rebel Alliance, the Resistance's starfighter corps gathered freedom fighters determined to counter the growing threat of the First Order. The Resistance’s pilot ranks were filled by Alliance veterans, disillusioned former New Republic officers, and adventure seekers from every corner of the galaxy.
A brave young Resistance pilot, Jess, or "Testor" as she is also called, grew up idolizing the legendary pilots of previous generations, such as Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles. Jess gets her own chance at glory when the Resistance attacks Starkiller Base, flying alongside Poe Dameron and Snap Wexley under the call sign Blue Three.
A native of Sullust, Nien Nunb was a smuggler who fought for both the Rebel Alliance and the Resistance during his long career. An expert pilot, he served as Lando Calrissian’s co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon during the Battle of Endor, flew an X-wing in the raid on Starkiller Base, and survived the First Order’s assault on Crait.
Poe Dameron’s personal T-70 X-wing, Black One delivered the critical blows against Starkiller Base, returning to D’Qar with a bad case of carbon-scoring and frayed fire-control linkages. With the Resistance in grave danger, Poe and BB-8 flew with an experimental thrust accelerator pod designed to give Black One even greater combat speed. The X-wing played a key role in the attack on a First Order Dreadnought, but was destroyed by Kylo Ren’s attack run against the Raddus.
A small, secretive private military force, the Resistance was founded by rebel hero Leia Organa to monitor the actions of the First Order. Most New Republic power brokers tolerate the Resistance while regarding Organa and her fighters as dead-enders with an unfortunate fixation on the past. Organa’s cash-strapped movement relies on credits, ships and equipment quietly funneled to it from the few senators who share her concerns. Resistance starfighters destroyed Starkiller Base, but the First Order’s retaliatory attack on D’Qar reduced its forces to a handful of brave freedom fighters.
The latest starfighter in the storied TIE line looks similar to its predecessors, but the TIE/FO boasts improved solar cells and higher-capacity converters, making these ships deadlier than the TIEs that saw service in the Imperial era. Unlike the Empire, the First Order values its pilots as key military assets, protecting them with onboard deflector shields.