Click here for Wookieepedia's article on the Canon version of this subject.  This article covers the Legends version of this subject. 

Master Qui-Gon, more to say, have you?

It is requested that this article, or a section of this article, be expanded.

See the request on the listing or on this article's talk page. Once the improvements have been completed, you may remove this notice and the page's listing.

"The Koensayr BTL-S3 Y-wing attack starfighter, long the staple of the Alliance Fighter Corps. The all-purpose craft has proved its worth as a fighter and [...] a bomber noted for its precision."
Soontir Fel[6]

The BTL-S3 Y-wing starfighter was a variant configuration of the BTL Y-wing starfighter. It was used primarily by the Alliance to Restore the Republic.


"The BTL-S3 model's advantage is that the gunner seated behind the pilot is able to use the cockpit ion cannon to find his own targets."
―Soontir Fel[6]

The BTL-S3 was the most common Y-wing configuration.[7] A two-man strike starfighter, the first crew member piloted the craft, while the second acted as a gunner and controlled the two swivel-mounted ion cannons, located right on top of the cockpit.[8][1]

Many Y-wings of this variant were modified with defensive rapid-fire blaster turrets replacing the ion cannon turret, and particle cannons instead of the dual laser cannons on the nose.[9] These Y-wings were used as heavy capital ship destroyers, and were eventually phased out by the new B-wing starfighters.


An S3 cockpit module detaches from the main body.

Luke Skywalker used this variant on his mission to Panna in 0 ABY,[10] as did Princess Leia Organa and C-3PO on their journey to the Circarpous system.[11]

The Deretta Destroyers, a mixed starfighter squadron of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, consisted of several BTL-S3s. Rebel pilot Tenk Lenso proved his skill as a gunner in the rear of a BTL-S3 while serving with the Destroyers.[12]

The Rebel Alliance also used two-person Y-wings at numerous battles during the Galactic Civil War[9] and at the Battle of Bespin.[5]

Several of the BTL-S3s were stationed at Echo Base on the planet Hoth in 3 ABY. They assisted the base's T-65 X-wing starfighters in the evacuation of numerous GR-75 medium transports through the Imperial blockade of the planet. Rogue Squadron members Derek Klivian and Wes Janson escorted the transport Thon's Orchard to safety using a BTL-S3.[12]

The Rebel Alliance-affiliated Bothan Blue Squadron used 12 Y-wings. Half of them were destroyed on the Raid on the Suprosa.[13]

During the period after the Battle of Endor, Aggressor Wing's New Republic BTL-S3 Y-wing starfighters commanded by Colonel Horton Salm participated in the Battle of Brentaal IV,[6] and later rescued Rogue Squadron during the evacuation of Ciutric.[14]

A BTL-S3 as seen in the Star Wars Holiday Special

Behind the scenes[]

The BTL-S3 Y-wing starfighter first appeared in 1978's novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye, by Alan Dean Foster, and the first Expanded Universe novel.

Both Star Wars: Rogue Squadron: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide mislabel the single-seat BTL-A4 Y-wing starfighter as the S3 variant.



Notes and references[]