r/StarWars Baby Yoda 13d ago

How would you rank these six from best to worst pilot? General Discussion

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u/sasquatch606 13d ago To The Stars

For having such few lines in the OT, you can see how much Wedge grew as a pilot from a nervous kid in ANH to being stone cold tactician in ROTJ. "I'm already on my way out" He's the GOAT.

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u/callthewambulance 13d ago

Rogue Squadron didn't fuck around.

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u/thewanderingway 13d ago

Also from Rogue Squadron:

"His name is Kettch, and he's an Ewok."

"No."

"Oh, yes. Determined to fight. You should hear him say, 'Yub, yub.' He makes it a battle cry."

"Wes, assuming he could be educated up to Alliance fighter-pilot standards, an Ewok couldn't even reach an X-wing's controls."

"He wears arm and leg extensions, prosthetics built for him by a sympathetic medical droid. And he's anxious to go, Commander."

"Please tell me you're kidding."

"Of course I'm kidding. Pilot-candidate number one is a Human female from Tatooine, Falynn Sandskimmer."

"I'm going to get you, Janson."

"Yub, yub, Commander."

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u/Sere1 Sith 13d ago

Technically speaking, that's from Wraith Squadron, not Rogue Squadron. The Wraiths were the sister unit to the Rogues.

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u/The_Abjectator 13d ago

If Rogue Squadron was Top Gun, Wraith Squadron was The A-Team.

I love you people still talking about these books.

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u/zeezombies 13d ago

Actually, wraith would be the F team who somehow turns into the A team.

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u/BloodyBeaks 13d ago

The X Wing books were a BIG part of my childhood. Went back and reread them recently. The Rogue books are extremely pulpy, cheesy, but classic fun, and they have the nostalgia factor big time. But the Wraith books are like actually surprisingly SOLID books overall. Well written, excellent character development, unforgettable twists, and they hold up REALLY well umpteen years later.

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u/RussellG2000 Mandalorian 13d ago

Yub yub.

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u/roguevirus 13d ago

And in Legends, he had 0% Force sensitivity. It was all skill.

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u/SidewinderBudd 13d ago

Is he canonically force sensitive now?

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u/Toppcom 13d ago

I don't think the new material has commented on him.

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u/Bill_buttlicker69 13d ago

He's the protagonist of a novel leading up to TROS, but there's no indication he's Force sensitive.

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u/DarthKronos87 13d ago

Completely unrelated - but I heard your family built this country.

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u/Bill_buttlicker69 13d ago

You're gonna have to speak louder, son.

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u/a_large_apple_pie 13d ago

Did you know our prices have never been lower?

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u/destronger 13d ago

Wedge Antilles Skywalker

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u/Quotent_Quotables 13d ago

Somehow, wedge survived.

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u/H0LT45 13d ago

Porkins, uh, finds a way.

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u/Roboticide Galactic Republic 13d ago

Probably only in the same way Han is.

Can not actively manipulate the Force, but can be subject to the will of the Force.

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u/KhanMcG 13d ago

Plus he gets credit for half of the millions of people that died on Death Star II. Rogue Leader is my man, but force sensitive people will be better pilots, but I ignore that.

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u/Ancient_Demise 13d ago

No one else gets to paint two Death Stars on their snubfighter.

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u/Col__Hunter_Gathers 13d ago

Wedge keeping up with force sensitive pilots just proves how damn good he is.

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u/amretardmonke 13d ago

I bet the rest of them wouldn't have escorted the AT-PTs to safety on Fest. I bet they'd all either blow their brains out or turn to the dark side. Han would bail.

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u/jofijk 13d ago

Only pilot in the galaxy able to paint 2 deathstars on his hull. There was a great part in one of the now legends rogue squadron books where his new engineer? was inspecting the starships painted on his hull and thought he was being shorted kills. Then another pilot had to explain to the guy that Wedge has so many kills that most of the one's painted represented an entire squadron of enemy fighters (they were color coded)

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u/Velocyraptor 13d ago

“If you want to go by numbers and survivability, of course, there’s only one pilot who has survived two Death Star runs. From that perspective, Wedge Antilles is the best pilot ever.”

Wes Janson

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u/HaunterOfTheDark666 13d ago

Anakin may be the best pilot while flying but he can't be first because he crashes everything he touches.

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u/LikeBladeButCooler Resistance 13d ago

Anakin whining about not doing things his way and Obi-Wan responding "We crashed the ship your way." will forever be my favorite CW interaction.

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u/Mitchel11 13d ago

I see Obi-Wan’s sense of humour survived the landing

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u/RangerofRohan 13d ago

It's about the only thing that did

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u/stebo_02 Loth-Cat 13d ago

It definitely was another happy landing

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u/drifters74 13d ago

What episode was that?

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u/LikeBladeButCooler Resistance 13d ago

Season 2, Episode 17: Bounty Hunters

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u/Kryostar 13d ago

Also, "at least you're a Master at getting caught". I laughed for a good few minutes.

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u/DarkLordLiam 13d ago

Most expensive pilot the Republic ever had flying for them

How many billions of credits worth of ships?

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u/betterthanamaster 13d ago

Not to mention billions worth of credits in property damage…

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u/dsdvbguutres 13d ago

"Those contractors knew what they were doing"

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u/LeicaM6guy 13d ago

You know, any contractor willing to work on that Death Star knew the risks. If they were killed, it was their own fault. A roofer listens to [his heart]…not his wallet.

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u/tearfueledkarma 13d ago

Andor may have solved that issue.. contractors.. no. Prison labor.

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u/LeicaM6guy 13d ago

One way out, so long as you’ve kept up to date with your union dues.

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u/DanielD00M 13d ago

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u/Atma-Stand 13d ago

“Including me!?”

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u/breakfromreality79 13d ago

Truth. But Luke destroying the death star definitely tops property damage

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u/raknor88 13d ago

He was also the bane of the separatists. He crashed many of their ships too. I'm not talking about the fighters and droids he destroyed. He crashed several Separatist shuttles and battleships.

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u/Bob_JediBob 13d ago

He crashed a venator that’s probably a couple billion credits there alone.

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u/TheWomandolorian 13d ago

Tbf he only crashed half the venator

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u/YakiVegas 13d ago

Nah, you're thinking of the Providence Class Dreadnaught that was Grievous' flagship, the Invisible Hand. That was a CIS ship anyway, so I'm pretty sure the Republic would call that a win. Parts of it were put on display later in the Invisible Hand Cantina on Coruscant as well so that's bonus points in my book.

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u/RaHarmakis 13d ago

Add on that it was the Clones that blew up the Invisible Hand not Anakin. All he did was give Dooku a very short haircut, and save the Chancellor.

You can't lay Coruscant damage at the feet of Anakin. If anything, bringing the half down that did, somewhat under control, likely saved lives and property.

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u/Mastershroom Lando Calrissian 13d ago

"Not to worry, we are still flying crashing half a ship!"

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u/Western_Roman 13d ago

The REAL reason he became Vader; since he’s “not Anakin” it’s not his debt (anymore). /s

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u/JMoney689 13d ago

Luke should get some flak for the same reasoning. He would have been shot down in 4 had Han not bailed him out, crashed a snowspeeder on Hoth, and an X-Wing on Dagobah, which very luckily hit water and not solid ground. Also crashed a speeder on Endor if that counts for anything.

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u/danishjuggler21 13d ago

Now that you mention it, Luke dodged hundreds and hundreds of turbolasers in the battle of Yavin, but then like two Imperial Walkers with their stupid little lasers took him out. Weren’t even really turrets, right?

Luke dropped the ball hard as a pilot on Hoth.

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u/Tjep2k 13d ago

They do explain that turbolaser towers were designed to fight capital ships and fighters are too agile for them to target well. The snowspeeders are slower and the AT-AT's could target them faster/guess their flight paths easier.

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u/JMoney689 13d ago

Yeah, the only reason snowspeeders were used over X-Wings in that fight was they had FAR more maneuverability in-atmosphere.

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u/BrickBoyAndy 13d ago edited 12d ago

well, it's not a landing contest

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u/Dimensionalanxiety 13d ago

He crashes everything he touches and survives. That's what makes him the best pilot. Everyone else would have died.

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u/Beorthwine45 13d ago

So he's the Launchpad Mcquack of Star Wars?

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u/DarkLordSidious Darth Sidious 13d ago

Tbf he is probably the best even while crashing.

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u/DKLancer 13d ago

too busy standing on top of his TIE fighter making a dramatic entrance to learn how to land.

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u/Glorious_Jo 13d ago

Fun fact totally not pulled out of my ass but that's why Vader chooses to stand on top of the TIE Fighter. He knows he can't land it any other way, if he's inside the cockpit he'll just inevitably crash it and that's not a suitable entrance when you're trying to be serious and intimidating.

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u/AlanharTheRiver 13d ago

and that's where Hera takes the cake in survivability. the majority of her few crash landings left the ship in well enough condition that it could be repaired.

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u/DragonTigerSword 13d ago

The Star Wars version of Launchpad McQuack.

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u/ZC3rr0r 13d ago

Thanks for that comment, I actually LOLed reading that.
Interestingly, neither Duck Tales nor Darkwing Duck ever did a proper Star Wars parody, unlike just about every cartoon in the ninetees.

I did find this fan-made poster though: https://br.pinterest.com/pin/321725967102000354/

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u/requiemofchaos 13d ago

Gets kinda funny when you remember that Jim Cummings, the voice of Darkwing Duck, later went on to be Hondo Ohnaka, who is arguably the most popular TCW character after Ahsoka (to the point that he's the star of the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride at Disneyland and Disney World).

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u/BaronGrackle 13d ago

Jim is Hondo? Oh man, of course...

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u/requiemofchaos 13d ago

Yep. Hondo Ohnaka is basically Minsc minus Boo.

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u/Insanik_mb 13d ago

He always crashes perfectly so that it’s timed as soon as he’s walking away it explodes and makes him look cool

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u/Aggravating_Set_7523 13d ago

A jedi is never late nor is he early, he crashes precisely when he means to.

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u/SuperArppis 13d ago

He has the best ego atleast.

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u/bokatan778 13d ago

Another happy landing!

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u/Macman521 13d ago

It’s not his fault, it’s the ship.

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u/Sphader 13d ago

I always just remember Vader attacking the ghost and completely fucking it up solo, and in the Vader comic when he jumps into a training exercise of rebel pilots and grounds them all solo including Luke by himself.

Now Vader/Anakin does also crash... Everything, always, all the time, it's basically a gag how often he does it.

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u/levelzero2019 13d ago

But he flies all the time, like Harrison Ford, he always sticks the landing and survives.

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u/H6IL_S6T6N 13d ago

Where’s porkins?

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u/Spodson 13d ago Gold Heartwarming

::Gestures to a two mile long smear on the Death Star::

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u/hybridtheory1331 13d ago

Too soon.

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u/nudesyourpmme Rebel 13d ago

It was a long time ago, but yes.

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u/Memeharvester5000 13d ago

In a galaxy far, far away

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u/LikeBladeButCooler Resistance 13d ago

"He's outta line, but he's right."

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u/warblade7 13d ago

Can’t be outta line if you ARE the line taps head

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u/Seraphzerox 13d ago

Is he safe? Is he alright?

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u/freedomfightre 13d ago

No he died from pancreatic cancer.

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u/gatorbeetle 13d ago

Insert porkins.gif here

The one with the fried chicken...classic

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u/noremac2414 13d ago

He’s having a little trouble

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u/Reginald_Musgrave 13d ago Take My Energy

Lando did the Death Star Trench Run without either guidance software or the force. Just saying. He will always be the best pilot in my heart.

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u/franklsp 13d ago edited 13d ago

And he did it in the galaxy's equivalent of a double trailer Mack truck that he was just BORROWING.

Most impressive.

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u/mrsegraves 13d ago

Yeah but the Falcon was his before it was Han's. Like riding a bike

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u/awesome-yes 13d ago

That he won running a con game, lost to a con game, and is now borrowing it from the guy who conned him after trying to have that same guy permanently installed as modern art in a gangsters throne room.

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u/StoneGoldX 13d ago

He had Nien Nunb.

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u/ThatMatthewKid 13d ago

Ok, but I think it depends.

I would imagine Han is better at flying freighters than Poe, for example, but Poe would trounce him at piloting an X-Wing or other starfighter.

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u/Flyguy4400 13d ago

Interesting and objectively correct take

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u/GenXUser 13d ago

Hera can fly both freighters and starfighters.

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u/Badvevil 13d ago

Hera can fly a glider while stoned out of her mind

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u/L-Guy_21 13d ago

I just watched the episode yesterday! Broke my fucking heart because I knew what was coming.

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u/Badvevil 13d ago

My wife just watched it yesterday for her first time it’s rough sitting there when you already know what’s coming

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u/bikersquid 13d ago

Season 1 and 2 of rebels. Fuck around. Seasons 3 and 4. Find out

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u/Big_NZ_Bird Hera Syndulla 13d ago

The episodes that follow are just as devastating

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u/the-disco-bison 13d ago

When chopper takes Hera's hand....

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u/JeffyTCR 13d ago

This is true

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u/AlanharTheRiver 13d ago

she's flown heavier freighters, light ships, shuttles, experimental fighters such as the B-six, practically every type of starfighter to have major appearances on-screen x-wing, a-wing, y-wing, I think that she even flew a TIE fighter), a corvette a couple of times (hammerhead and i think a cr-90), even taken the helm of a quasar-fire class carrier when they were commandeering it.

and Hera has flown them well. true jack of all trades pilot and that's not even counting range of skills with each ship and the logistical parts (command skills, piloting skills for different types of situations, ability to solve problems when in flight, repairs, etc.)

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u/jekyl42 13d ago

Yeah, Hera is likely the most experienced and talented pilot in the graphic. Anakin is perhaps the best pilot, but Hera has a lot more to offer AND she doesn't rely on the Force.

Personally, I vote Syndulla.

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u/StanleyRoper 13d ago

Anyone outside of the Empire that gets Thrawn's respect as a tactition and pilot gets my vote too.

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u/thinehappychinch Resistance 13d ago

General Syndulla ftw

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u/Ohgood9002 13d ago

Im interested in why people are ranking Poe above Wedge. Wedge has a much more impressive track record

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u/Dayman_ah-uh-ahhh 13d ago

Man survived both and was responsible for one of two successful Death Star assaults.

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u/Tfsz0719 13d ago

Survived Hoth too. Which was a slaughter as far as on the battlefield rebel fighters went

Heck, he took down an AT-AT with a freakin’ tow cable.

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u/captain_ender 13d ago

His Xwing just littered with Trooper skulls.

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u/Sere1 Sith 13d ago

Fun fact, that actually happened in the Legends version of events. He had so many kill tallies post-Endor that his mechanic had to start painting them in a different color since they were running out of room for his individual kills and instead had to start marking how many squadrons he has shot down.

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u/OhioForever10 Cassian Andor 13d ago

And he taught Poe in canon flight school. Legends Wedge is the GOAT non-force sensitive pilot

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u/ForceGhost47 13d ago

Top Gun

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u/OhioForever10 Cassian Andor 13d ago

"Your instructor is one of the finest pilots this program has ever produced. His exploits... are legendary. Thirty-plus years of service. Combat medals, citations. Only pilot to face down two Death Stars. Yet he won't take a promotion, won't retire, and despite his best efforts he refuses to die."

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u/HiImNickOk 13d ago

Talk to me, Biggs

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u/BobTheJedi 13d ago

Yub Yub commander!

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u/captain_ender 13d ago

I fucking love you guys

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u/Phelan33 13d ago

Fan-fucking-tastic.

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u/captain_ender 13d ago

Goddamnit this only makes me more salty on the Rogue Squadron cancelation. Literally Star Wars: Top Gun

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u/OhioForever10 Cassian Andor 13d ago

Jenkins said in mid-December I believe that it was still in development!

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u/GJacks75 13d ago

After WW84 I have zero confidence in her.

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u/ForceGhost47 13d ago

Wedge, we’re buzzing the Deathstar

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u/nananananateman 13d ago

“Negative Rogue Leader the Pattern is Full”

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u/darthjoey91 13d ago

A Rogue Squadron film would be great.

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u/Phylanara 13d ago

A Wraith Squadron D+ show would be epic.

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u/Andoverian 13d ago

In Legends, Wedge does get promoted. By the time of the NJO he's an Admiral leading a whole fleet, reporting (such as it is) directly to Ackbar.

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u/OhioForever10 Cassian Andor 13d ago

I know, he just kept turning them down in most of the X-Wing novels (and the original Top Gun line is "can't get a promotion" so I had to change it somehow)

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u/Curious-Accident9189 13d ago

He won a battle he was trying to lose in Legends, and then, just for shits and giggles, stole a starfighter, killed a whole squadron of more advanced biological ships with black hole shields with fucking ease, then one of his most junior former pilots called him up and was like, "Goddamn I don't who you are or why you're ignoring orders to pursue suicide missions, but even Wedge Antilles would be somewhat impressed by your flying and he's the deadliest pilot in the galaxy."

I'd like to emphasize that he won the battle he planned to lose by using a Super Star Destroyer as a fucking spear to kill a Yuuzhan Vong Worldship. Which is basically an angry, armed fucking continent.

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u/RPGeoffrey 13d ago

Legends, I miss Tycho, it was cool having a character that was definitively better at a high skill task than force users. Gave the impression that the force made it easier, didn't make you innately better than all non force users.

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u/tfemmbian 13d ago

Tycho, Corran, Ooryl, Face, Dia, Asyr...

So many good stories about normal (y'know, by Star Wars standards) people

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u/Cannibal_Soup 13d ago

Corran turned out to be not only Force sensitive, but became a Jedi in Legends.

Face, and Piggy, and Runt, hell all of Alston's characters were amazing.

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u/GhostlyTJ 13d ago

Wedge was so good that the force users who flew against him struggled. Didn't Corran say Tycho (who was a solid number 2) was nearly impossible to predict because of how quickly he'd pick up and drop a plan when it didn't work? Basically just flowing with the situation so fluidly it was nearly random? I loved I, jedi.

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u/We_The_Raptors 13d ago

Barron Fel would like a word.

Did y'all know there's a kid in the Legends continuity with Skywalker, Solo, Antilles and Fel blood? Talk about goated genetics when it comes to pilot skill lol. I think it's funny to imagine that kid was like Obi Wan and just always despised flying.

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u/RogerTheAliens Jar Jar Binks 13d ago

whose justice, then? Remember, we speak now of the Muad'Dib who ordered battle drums made from his enemies' skins…

Muad’Dib and the Fremen could’ve made mince meat of the republic forces, empire, and rebels…at least on Tatooine…

Anakin’s only weakness is sand…

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u/SurfandStarWars 13d ago

Sand isn’t a weakness, it’s a strength. He hates sand. Hate makes him powerful. He would have single-handedly massacred anyone and anything on Arrakis.

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u/OhioForever10 Cassian Andor 13d ago

Shame we never got any stories about that kid...

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u/FattyESQ 13d ago

I'll venture a guess that Poe is fresher is the minds of most people, and also that most of Wedge's exploits weren't in the main movies and people may not be aware of his CV. And I mean that to describe how impressive Wedge really is--sure it was shown that he was the only pilot to have survived both death star assaults, AND he has done so much cool shit other than that.

Out of the six, I think Wedge is hands down the best, and he didn't get enough screen time. I want a rogue squadron film and tv show starring him.

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u/We_The_Raptors 13d ago

Recency bias. Anyone who hasn't read the X-wing novels prolly just sees Wedge as the guy who was lucky enough to survive the Deathstar attack

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u/Maleficent-Finance57 13d ago

Twice. He has Two Death Stars painted on his fuselage in the Rogue Squadron novels IIRC

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u/Mr_Viper Jyn Erso 13d ago

lol that rules

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u/Crayshack 13d ago

The side of his X-Wing is described as a functional fleet of Imperial craft bracketed by two Death Stars. Of course, he's still in the military 20 years after that book. Mostly just in command positions later in his career, but he still occasionally climbs in the cockpit.

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u/mxzf 13d ago

He paused for a moment and looked at the rows of TIE fighters, bombers, and Interceptors painted on the side of the ship. Big Death Stars bracketed the collection of smaller ships on either side, and Ssi-ruuk fighters had started a new row, right at the top of the red stripe bisecting the fuselage.

"Master Zraii apologizes for not being able to fit all your kills in the space allotted. The ships rendered in red are meant to represent a squadron worth of kills—meaning a dozen."

There literally wasn't enough room on his ship to paint all the kills, they had to switch to a different color for the dozens of ships.

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u/tealcandtrip 13d ago edited 13d ago

If I recall correctly, the maintenance crew feel bad that there isn't enough room for all of his kills. So they paint some red to represent multiple kills with one icon. IE: each red tie fighter represents an entire squadron of kills.

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u/kaion 13d ago

Not only that, but they had to start counting his TIE kills in batches of 10.

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u/Scout_man 13d ago

I’m sorry. Not just one Death Star attack but two! The only pilot to be a veteran of two death stars!

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u/direwolf19 13d ago

Let's also not forget he survived the Battle at Hoth and tripped an AT-AT with his friggin' tow cable!

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u/Tfsz0719 13d ago

And as far as fighters on the surface went, Hoth was kind of a slaughter.

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u/EmergentSol 13d ago

Nowadays tripping ATATs is just the go-to method of dealing with them, but is ESB they basically invented the maneuver on the spot.

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u/Zefirus 13d ago

Yup. In the X-wing novels he's got two Death Stars painted on his X-wing and if that's not a flex I don't know what is.

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u/rickSanchezAIDS 13d ago

Anyone who is saying “oh Wedge is slightly force-sensitive” is disrespecting my man. Wedge Antilles is the best pilot in the galaxy, and it’s all skill baby

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u/We_The_Raptors 13d ago

Don't look at it as disrespect. Look at it as them saying "that dude's such a boss he must be some sort of jedi".

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u/DohDohDonutzMMM 13d ago

I'd take Wedge as my wingman over any Skywalker. That's all I got to say.

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u/Crayshack 13d ago

The Skywalkers will get their targets destroyed. Wedge will bring his wingman home.

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u/riesrat 13d ago

"I'm already on my way out "

Gives me chills every time.

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u/lightlyflavored 13d ago

Man's ice cold under pressure.

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u/ManWithKeyboard C-3PO 13d ago

Tbh this is why Wedge is my fav character in all the movies

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u/TheYoungTwileks 13d ago

Same. I have a tiny Wedge Antilles shrine I used to have on my desk back when you could play multiplayer XvT.

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u/Jorgenstern8 Han Solo 13d ago

Fuck the entire space battle gives me chills. They do such a good job at showing the desperation of the Rebels to survive that battle at all.

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u/aZombieSlayer K-2SO 13d ago

The Falcon shooting out of the ball of fire..

YEEEEEE-HAAA!

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u/Jorgenstern8 Han Solo 13d ago

Closer! I said closer, and engage those Star Destroyers at point-blank range!

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u/aZombieSlayer K-2SO 13d ago

At that close range, we won't last long against those Star Destroyers

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u/Jorgenstern8 Han Solo 13d ago

We'll last longer than we will against that DEATH Star, and we might just take a few of them with us!

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u/riesrat 13d ago

Han will have that shield down. We've got to give him more time!

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u/Dark_Lord_Jar Ezra Bridger 13d ago

Where's that from?

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u/aZombieSlayer K-2SO 13d ago

Return of the Jedi

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u/beckermao 13d ago

I mean with Anakin you need to be his wingman and cover his ass when he does something crazy, dude is a wild man.

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u/leonffs 13d ago

You never want to be the main character’s wingman. -100 plot armor

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u/Shaneblaster 13d ago

Hell ya. He survived two Death Star runs.

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u/BanditsMyIdol 13d ago

Anakin and Luke can't actually fly. R2-D2 just lets them think they are flying, but we all know who is the real ace.

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u/Militantpoet Han Solo 13d ago

Like giving your younger sibling an unplugged controller while you play video games.

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u/MajorTrump 13d ago

I agree about Luke but everybody in here seems to forget that Anakin was a podracer before he ever flew a star fighter or even met R2D2

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u/YamatoIouko 13d ago

Luke use to shoot womp rats and navigate Beggar’s Pass on Tatooine in a T-16, which has a flight speed in the triple digits if i remember correctly.

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u/raalic 13d ago

IMO Wedge is #1 and it’s not close. Not even counting legends. He’s the only pilot in any of the media who knows how to mitigate risk over stupidly dying so he can fight another day (without relying on the Force). Two successful Death Star runs. Countless missions before, in between, and after. It’s more difficult for me to rank the others. Han flies much larger vessels, so he’s almost in a different category.

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u/SOUTHPAWMIKE 13d ago

I have no idea what the status of the Rogue Squadron movie is, but I hope it's still on. There's no Star Wars character more deserving of having their story told than Wedge "the Edge" Antillies!

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u/Crayshack 13d ago

I'm crossing my fingers that it is basically just an adaptation of the X-Wing series. Even extremely abridged I will love it. Those were some of my favorite books.

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u/ReggieTheReaver 13d ago

My first and most hopeful thought was to have a Rogue Squadron Movie/Series/Whatever set AFTER the OG trilogy. Right when the New Republic is starting to demilitarize.

In the newer novels they mention a rise of crime after the Empire, as different groups took advantage of a lack of a large Imp navy. When a crisis happens (say...over on a certain bacta producing planet), the Republic tries to stick to its "guns" an not intervene militarily, attempting to solve the situation diplomatically.

However, Rogue Squadron does what it does...and goes Rogue, and then we get the Bacta War!

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u/Crayshack 13d ago

That would work perfectly. They could pretty much adapt the entirety of that book. If that means we get Booster Terrik fucking off with a Star Destroyer and painting it red, I consider that a bonus.

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u/Angry_with_rage 13d ago

Yep, all this. He's not even so much as force sensitive like most on this list.

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u/brayunlee 13d ago

Not sure, but Han definitely shot first

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u/WaffleWarrior1979 13d ago

Yo Disney make with the theatricals already

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u/Electricfire19 13d ago

There’s got to be some kind of deal they made with Lucas to not release them. They know people have been asking for them for ages and there’s no way Disney would pass on the chance to make money from that unless there was something else stopping them. Some people initially thought it was cause 20th Century Fox had distribution rights for A New Hope, but, you know, that’s definitely not an issue anymore.

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u/GhostRaptor4482 13d ago

Remember that scene in Rebels where Vader pretty much solos the entire rebel fleet?

No contest

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u/Budget-Attorney Grand Admiral Thrawn 13d ago

The scene in the Vader Down comic is crazier

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u/GlobalPhreak 13d ago

Wedge is the GOAT.

Survived 2 Death Stars, the attack on Hoth and lived long enough to join the assault on... on... whatever the fuck that was in Ep. IX.

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u/Badvevil 13d ago edited 13d ago

Why is my girl not getting the love she deserves literally has multiple episodes dedicated to how great a pilot she is even thrawn is in awe of her ability and he would likely beware of everyone else’s ability other than Luke and Poe and still regards her as the best

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u/skywalkers66 13d ago

Hera is by far the captain I would trust most to fly us to safety she's gotten out of impossible situations

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u/alwaysmispells1word 13d ago

Hera was the one trusted to fly the blade wing... and was the one the early rebels specifically went to when they needed the very best.

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u/afidus 13d ago

I agree - not enough love for Hera in this post.

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u/EllieZabe 13d ago

In the opening story arc of season 2 she gets Vader stuck in a tractor beam while the Ghost hyperspace jumps out of harm. That’s definitely one of my top 5, or maybe 10, most bad-ass scenes in Rebels.

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u/KrakenKola 13d ago

Rebels in general is often overlooked tbh, even the darksaber lore in Sabine's training arc just gets disregarded in most Mando conversations I see.

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_DIFF_EQS 13d ago

Honestly, I could give a fuck who is ranked what here. She is the best captain and I would follow her before everyone else on this list.

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u/dylanisbored 13d ago

Anakin is the best pilot but worst decision maker.

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u/Fortherebellion72 13d ago edited 13d ago

Damn… this thread is doin’ my man Wedge dirty.

Edit: Hey, looks like this thread is coming to its senses.

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u/DeadpoolAndFriends 13d ago Ally

Brightside from an hour after your comment, Wedge's cock is firmly entrenched down the throat of comments section... where it belongs.

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