• Mattie Stu


Having closely monitored the performance of crafts flown throughout the Clone Wars, such as the ARC-170 starfighter and Z-95 Headhunter, engineers designed a brand new fighter poised to become a mainstay in the Imperial Starfleet. But when matters of politics saw the Galactic Empire favour Sienar Fleet Systems over the Incom Corporation, plans for the X-wing would have been left to gather dust if it were not for a band of resourceful Rebels. By adapting and advancing its initial design specifications to meet their requirements, the T-65C-A2 space superiority starfighter possessed no major flaws. In fact, it was a swift, manoeuvrable, well-armed and well-armoured vessel. And while some other crafts exceeded the X-wing in one or more of these capabilities, they all included compromises that left exploitable weaknesses.

By splitting the starfighter's S-foils into an expanded configuration, the X-wing switched into attack mode to not only increase its deflector shield envelope, but also the firing range of its four Taim & Bak KX9 laser cannons – all of which came equipped with magnetic flashback suppressors to prevent damage to each wing-mounted weapon. Likewise, Rebel pilots routinely wore vac-suits within the armoured cockpit module – despite its breathable, pressurised atmosphere. This was emplaced simply as a precaution against catastrophic decompression from emergency extravehicular activity...

Often referred to as the ultimate space superiority fighter, the X-wing truly was a one of a kind craft capable of turning the tide of battle. But which space vehicle from the galaxy far, far away do you deem to be the most destructive? Let me know in the comments below.

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