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Blue Leader with Blue Squadron at the Battle of Endor

Blue Leader or Blue One was the call sign of the leader of Blue Squadron. There were a number of starfighter squadrons with this name, and several pilots went by the call sign Blue Leader.

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Galactic Republic[edit | edit source]

Ahsoka Tano flying as Blue Leader during the Battle of Ryloth

Under the Old Republic, there were many beings designated Blue Leader.

As "Blue Squadron Leader", Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi commanded a Blue Squadron of Jedi early in the Clone Wars, leading the squadron of Delta-7 Jedi starfighters in defense of Kamino.[1]

Clone trooper pilot Axe commanded a Blue Squadron of clone troopers under the title of "Blue Leader"[2] prior to Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano taking over the call sign, leading the squadron's V-19 Torrent starfighters into battle over Ryloth in her Delta-7B Jedi starfighter.[3] Tano returned to the call sign while leading a group of clone SCUBA troopers at the Battle of Mon Cala.[4]

Later Kit Fisto used the call sign during the battle of Ukio.

In his final exam for starfighter flight training in his second year attending Jedi academy on Coruscant, Roan Novachez was assigned as Blue Leader, with Cyrus and Cronah as his wingmates Blue Two and Blue Three.

Rebel Alliance[edit | edit source]

The Rebel Alliance also maintained a Blue Squadron.

A rebel pilot flying as Blue Leader led his squadron on a scouting mission in Tatooine's orbit, where he was surprised by the absence of the heavy pirate activity reported in the area. Sweeping the sector, Blue Leader cleared Tantive IV to enter the system, unknowingly springing an Imperial trap.[5]

Captain Merrick Simms was designated as Blue Leader during the Battle of Yavin, and again for the Battle of Endor, where he was killed in an attack on the Imperial main communications ship.[6][7][8]

Luke Skywalker served as Blue Leader during patrol duties over Yavin 4, leading Blue Flight in a rescue of Domina Tagge's freighter from attacking TIE Fighters and against an Imperial attack on Arda-2.[9][10][11]

Olin Garn flew an A-wing interceptor as Blue Leader while performing reconnaissance on an Imperial convoy tied to a vast construction project based on intelligence provided by Imperial defector Commander Zaletta.[12]

The Sullustan pilot Ten Numb became Blue Leader following the death of Merrick Simms at the Battle of Endor, before dying at the hand of General Weir.[13]

An X-wing pilot flying as Blue Leader led Blue Team in the Battle of Onderon, and was directed by Wedge Antilles to provide cover as the Millennium Falcon boarded the Eclipse II.[14]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Luke Skywalker's squadron leader is identified as "Blue Leader" in the novelization and comic adaptation of A New Hope, but uses the call sign Red Leader in the final film.[15][16][17]

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