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First appearance A New Hope
Affiliation Rebel Alliance
New Republic
References Databank[1]
General characteristics
Armaments Laser cannons
Ion cannons
Proton torpedoes
Defenses Deflector shields
Length 16 meters

Y-wings are fictional Rebel Alliance and New Republic starfighters in the Star Wars universe. They appear in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, as well as the new The Clone Wars show, and the Star Wars Expanded Universe's books, comics, and games.


Origin and design

Industrial Light & Magic's Colin Cantwell, who also designed the saga's TIE fighters, initially designed the Y-wing with a large bubble turret for a gunner.[2] However, the dome did not appear properly when filmed against bluescreen, and subsequent designs excised the turret.[2]


Y-wings are described as durable but slow tactical strike spacecraft. The destruction of Y-wings tasked with destroying the Death Star at the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope leads to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) firing the proton torpedoes that destroy the Empire's battle station. Y-wings also participate at the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. The Expanded Universe describes several Y-wing varieties, such as a one-seater version, a two-seater (one pilot, one gunner) variety, and the "Longprobe" reconnaissance ship.[3][4] The Y-wing is a player-flyable craft in LucasArts' X-Wing, Battlefront II, and the Rogue Squadron series, and it appears in other LucasArts Star Wars titles such as Empire at War.


  1. ^ "Y-wing starfighter". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2008-06-23.  
  2. ^ a b "Y-wing starfighter (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-08-29.  
  3. ^ "Y-wing starfighter (Expanded Universe)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-08-29.  
  4. ^ Murphy, Paul; Peter Schweighofer (04 1994). Rebel Alliance Sourcebook. West End Games. ISBN 0874312094.  

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