The T-65 X-Wing is one of the finest Starfighters
ever developed, and an iconic symbol of the Rebel Alliance.
Designed by the Incom Corporation for the Galactic Empire, the T-65 was intended to
improve upon the design of Republic Starfighters used in the Clone Wars such as the ARC-170
and Z-95 Headhunter. The fighter was considered revolutionary for its extreme versatility
and near-perfect combat performance, as well as its on-board Class 1.0 Hyperdrive which
was previously unheard of in a ship of this size.
The classic T-65 Model is 12.5 Standard Meters in length and could reach a maximum acceleration
of 3,700 G using its 4 Fusial Thrust Engines mounted on the ship’s iconic S-Foils. The
fighter is equipped with four powerful laser cannons and two proton torpedo launchers.
When the S-Foils are locked into Attack Position, the Laser Cannons are held far apart, so as
to prevent overheating as they fire. The T-65 X Wing’s planned Imperial use was
made impossible when the entire Incom Corporation defected to the Rebel Alliance in response
to Imperial threats to nationalize the corporation. The Incom Staff took with them the original
four prototypes of the ship, destroying all other design documents and data before being
extracted by the Alliance in the Battle of Fresia.
Following these events the Alliance began to construct scores of T-65’s at clandestine
drydocks and factories in the Outer Rim, quickly phasing out the dated Z-95 Headhunters they
had used previously. The X-Wing was perfect for the Alliance, designed
to mimic civilian aircraft controls making it very easy to train new pilots but also
truly lethal in the hands of skilled veterans like those of Red Squadron and later Rogue
Squadron. Though slightly less Manoeuvrable than its
Imperial Counterpart the TIE/ln Starfighter, the X-Wing is far more durable, and its Hyperdrive
suits standard Alliance “Hit and Fade” tactics perfectly, allowing a squadron to
jump into an area from a carrier vessel kept out of range, complete an objective and quickly
bug out before the enemy has time to scramble. Perhaps the most well-known achievement of
the T-65 X-Wing, was the Rebel Alliance victory in the Battle of Yavin, where Red Squadron,
under the command of Garven Dreis and featuring such legendary pilots as Luke Skywalker and
Wedge Antilles, were able to destroy the Empire’s first Death Star by exploiting a weakness
in the stations thermal exhaust system. From a behind the scenes standpoint, the X-Wing
has become an Iconic Science Fiction Spacecraft and an instantly recognisable symbol of the
Star Wars franchise, standing as a household name alongside such ships as Star Trek’s
USS Enterprise even among those with little to no interest in Science Fiction.
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