RZ-1 A-Wing Interceptor (49)Full unit name: RZ-1 A-Wing Interceptor
Last updated: 05.11.2022 21:11:04
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First appearance: Return of the Jedi
Was designed by: Jan Dodonna
Jan Dodonna
(Human)
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, Walex Blissex
Walex Blissex
(Human)
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Relations: Incom Corporation
Incom Corporation
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Events: Battle over Endor
Battle over Endor
(Endor Campaign)
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Galactic Civil War
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Battle over Endor (3)
Summary
The RZ-1 A-wing interceptor was a starfighter designed by the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War. One of the fastest mass-produced interceptors in the known galaxy, the A-wing was even faster than the Imperials' TIE Interceptor
TIE Interceptor
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, despite also having shielding and a hyperdrive, unlike the cheaper TIE model. The RZ-1 A-wing interceptor was a cockpit attached to twin engines. Like its Clone Wars predecessor, the Eta-2
Eta-2 Actis-class Interceptor
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, the A-wing required pilots of exceptional skill to take full advantage of the vessel's speed, agility, and special features - and the Rebel Alliance lacked the Galactic Republic's Jedi pilots. The A-wing's Novaldex J-77 Event Horizon engines remained some of the most powerful sublight thrusters two decades past the A-wing's creation and were linked to highly sensitive controls. The vessels presented a number of challenges to pilots. Pilots had to adjust two dorsal and two ventral stabilizer wings with great care, as even a minor turn could send the speedy A-wing into a massive spinout.
General Jan Dodonna
Jan Dodonna
(Human)
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's after action review of the Battle of Yavin
Battle of Yavin
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Galactic Civil War
affirmed the value of Alliance starfighters, but also highlighted that a simple trio of TIE starfighters had almost foiled the trench run. Dodonna planned to create a dedicated Alliance interceptor, in anticipation of a similar analysis by the Imperial Navy; indeed, Sienar Fleet Systems
Sienar Fleet Systems
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accelerated work on an updated TIE Interceptor
TIE Interceptor
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which would match the A-wing's speed. To design the starfighter, Dodonna turned to Walex Blissex
Walex Blissex
(Human)
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, famed ex-Kuat Systems Engineering engineer. Blissex brought valuable experience from work on the Clone Wars-era Delta-7 Aetherspite-class light interceptor
Delta-7B Aethersprite-class Light Interceptor
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and Alpha-3 interceptors
Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-Wing Starfighter
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. The pair based initial designs on the R-22 Spearhead, already nicknamed by pilots as "A-wings" per the -wing naming convention for other Rebel craft, of which two had fought at Yavin. They formed Alliance Underground Engineering, and worked with pilot Jake Farrell
Jake Farrell
(Human)
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in improving a Tammuz-an design. It was additionally based off the Delta-7. Dodonna and Blissex presented a proposal to Chief of State Mon Mothma
Mon Mothma
(Human)
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for official support. It was ill-timed. The victory at Yavin incited open rebellion on thousands of worlds, resulting in widespread Imperial suppression. The Alliance was scattered, and had insufficient funds for the proposed A-wing program. Nevertheless, Dodonna's fame from his role at Yavin made a denial difficult, and Mothma approved with reduced funding.

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Full unit name: RZ-1 A-Wing Interceptor Last updated: 05.11.2022 21:11:04