Hello and welcome to day fifteen of my Star Wars challenge! For the next 31 days, I’ll be posting once a day with a Star Wars themed post. Some days I’ll be talking about just one thing, other days it’ll be about 5 things based on the prompt of the day.
The challenge is open to everyone and can be completed at any time. I thought that May, being home to May the 4th, sounded like the perfect time. If you’d like to join me this month then please do! You can find all the details over here.
DAY 15 – Squadron
I’m finally halfway through this challenge and I’ve only missed one day so far! Yesterday’s post was delayed due to an epic migraine. I had hoped to be ahead with posts so health problems didn’t cause problems like this, unfortunately, the end of April didn’t go smoothly and all my plans to schedule ahead of time went out the window. So here I am today playing catch up!
Thankfully today is one of my favourite topics; starfighter squadrons! 😀 I am an absolute sucker for starfighters and starfighter pilots. I’ll be talking more about the actual ships on day 24 but for now, let’s talk about the awesome teams themselves.
It’s time for me to gush about my love for the 5 Star Wars starfighter Squadrons that kickass!
“I’m with Rogue Squadron. Impossible is our stock in trade, and success is what we deliver.“
My one true love when it comes to Starfighter Squadrons will always be Rogue Squadron. Doing the impossible is what they do, not matter if it’s in the new canon or in the Expanded Universe. In the new canon, Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles form Rogue Squadron while on a mission in The Star Wars Comic series. When asked by Wedge what their call sign is, Luke references Jyn Erso and her team; “You know, Wedge, if we’re acting like Jyn Erso, I have to disagree. Rogue Squadron, form up.“
It’s a beautiful and poignant link up between Rogue One and the Original Trilogy, and I’m sure I’m not the only X-Wing fan who immediately thought of the Rogues when the title for the standalone film was released.
In the Expanded Universe the Rogues are much more fleshed out with their missions detailed in the X-Wing novels and throughout many other series as they take part in missions for the New Republic. I really hope to see more of them, perhaps in the comics or the Cassian Andor show as they have always been a fan favourite.
“This place actually feels weirdly like home.“
“We haven’t yet put explosives under all the floors to blow the place up when we leave. Then it becomes like home.“
Jumping out of the pages of the X-Wing novels is this highly specialised starfighter squadron created by Wedge Antilles to do missions that Rogue Squadron simply don’t have the skills to do. The squadron is made up of spies, explosive experts, intelligence officers, slicers and so on. Every member of the squadron is specialised in undercover work of some degree, and their missions are an absolute hoot. As you can see from the quote above they have a habit of exploding things. Need I say more? 😉
181st Imperial Fighter Wing
“Many wanted in for many reasons. I wanted those who wanted in for the glory of the Empire.“
The 181st Imperial Fighter Wing was the Empire’s equivalent of Rogue Squadron and the two squadrons had multiple skirmishes when they were active. Their ranks were filled with the best pilots the Empire had to offer, with Rogue Squadron noting an obvious difference in the pilots at their first battle. Their team leader, Soontir Fel, was considered the best Imperial pilot by many and often compared to Wedge Antilles. He believed in the Empire and what it stood for and helped shape the fighter wing into an elite unit.
The 181st was present at the Battle of Endor, and although not confirmed to be canon they are believed to be seen in Return of The Jedi. They are the stormtrooper pilots in TIE fighters dressed all in black.
“You are my team, you are my friends. We are Black Squadron…and it’s an honor.“
Black Squadron was created by Poe Dameron after General Leia Organa recruited him to find Lor San Tekka. Poe handpicked the team and Black Squadron ran multiple missions for the Resistance over the course of 3 years before disbanding. The team was commanded by Poe and Temmin Wexley, and made up of four pilots, Jessika Pava, Karé Kun, L’ulo L’ampar, and a technician, Oddy Muva. Over the course of their missions, they were joined by former journalist Suralinda Javos.
Black Squadron reminds me a lot of Rogue Squadron, and I really felt a connection to all of them. I was absolutely devastated watching the final battle in Rise of Skywalker because I thought the remaining members had perished in it. It actually turns out that only Temmin Wexley died during the Battle of Exegol. His wife Karé wished him good luck before the battle but remained on the ground, and his other surviving teammates are not listed as being present at the battle. As of Rise of Skywalker Poe, Suralinda, Karé and Jessika are the only members of Black Squadron left. I hope we see them return for future stories as Disney expands on the Star Wars universe post-episode VIIII.
Compared to the other starfighter squadrons on this list Phoenix Squadron is less about its members and more about what it represents. It’s one of the first squadrons of the Rebel Alliance that we see in Star Wars Rebels once the rebel cells become unified into a military force. Under the command of Hera Syndulla, they represent the beginning of the Galaxy’s fight for freedom. It’s also an amazing thing to see because throughout Rebels we get to see the squadron come together as the Ghost’s crew go on missions to find the ships, get fuel, etc. It’s a part of the rebellion that we don’t often see and that made Phoenix Squadron’s debut even more special.
It’s also where future Rogue Squadron members Wedge Antilles and Derek ‘Hobbie’ Klivian got their start as pilots in the Rebel Alliance.
Over To You
I owe a special shout out to Dagger Wing from Star Wars: The Old Republic. They narrowly missed being on this list and if it wasn’t due to a lack of screenshots they probably would have been in there.
I really need to get my hands on Alphabet Squadron and catch up on some new canon starfighter pilots!
Have you had a chance to read Alphabet Squadron, what did you think?
Do you love starfighter squadrons or would you pick another type of squadron for this prompt?
Let me know!
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