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"This R2 unit of yours seems a bit beat up. You want a new one?"
―The Rebel Crew Chief, to Luke Skywalker[1]

The Rebel Crew Chief was a Human male engineer who worked at the Alliance to Restore the Republic's Great Temple base on Yavin 4 during the Galactic Civil War. Initially an employee of the Fresia-based Incom Corporation, the nationalization of that company by the Galactic Empire prompted the crew chief and his co-workers to join the Rebellion. In his role with the Alliance, the chief spent many hours performing maintenance on T-65 X-wing starfighters and T-47 airspeeders.


The chief was initially an engineer working for Incom Corporation,[2] a starship company.[3] During the Imperial Period, the Galactic Empire nationalized the Fresia-based corporation,[4] prompting many workers, such as the engineer, to flee and join the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Like his former co-workers, he spent many hours performing maintenance on T-65 X-wing starfighters and T-47 airspeeders in the Alliance's service.[2] Both types of craft had initially been made by the Incom Corporation.[5] The engineer was eventually given the role of crew chief, began work as a technician, and was assigned to the Alliance's Great Temple base[6] on Yavin 4.[1]

The Rebel Crew Chief and Luke Skywalker

In 0 BBY,[7] technical readouts to the Empire's new Death Star battlestation were brought to the Yavin base by Princess Leia Organa, and General Jan Dodonna devised a plan of attack. The attack would involve the T-65s, and so the chief performed maintenance on at least one of them before the battle. The T-65's pilot, Luke Skywalker, intended to use the droid R2-D2 as his astromech for the upcoming battle, but the chief noted that the droid did not look to be in the best of shape. He asked Skywalker whether he wanted a replacement, but the pilot declined, claiming that he and R2-D2 had been "through a lot together."[1] Finishing his maintenance, the chief cleared Skywalker for liftoff.[8] Skywalker would go on to destroy the Death Star.[1]

Personality and traits[]

When the company he worked for was nationalized by the government, the chief began serving the Rebellion movement.[2] On at least one occasion, he judged a droid merely by its appearance, rather than its performance.[1] The Incom engineer was a Human male with graying hair and light skin.[1]


The Rebel Crew Chief had a tan-colored suit.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

"Whatever you say."
―The Rebel Crew Chief, to Luke Skywalker in dialogue contradicting Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope[8]

The Rebel Crew Chief was portrayed by Shane Rimmer in George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,[9] although technically his first appearance was in Alan Dean Foster's novelization of the film.[10] The character was featured in the "A New Hope" set of the Star Wars Trading Card Game, where he was identified as "Rebel Crew Chief."[6]

Some inconsistencies exist between the Crew Chief's A New Hope film appearance and various adaptations. The crew chief has slightly different dialogue in the film's novelization,[10] along with the November 5, 1977 fifth issue of Marvel Comics' Star Wars comic series,[11] Brian Daley's 1981 radio adaptation,[8] the 1994 Star Wars: The National Public Radio Dramatization, which contains the radio drama's script,[12] and the third issue of Bruce Jones' 1997 comic adaptation.[13] In Star Wars 5, the Crew Chief says an earlier line to Skywalker before a different version of his film line is delivered,[11] while both the radio drama and its script contain additional dialogue with the Crew Chief responding to Skywalker's film lines.[8][12]



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