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"That's an old craft ID. That's Luke Skywalker's X-wing."
Poe Dameron, upon receiving a transmission from Red Five[14]

During the Galactic Civil War, several X-wing starfighters used by Rebel pilots bore the name Red Five[16] and the designation AA-589.[17] Cadet Pedrin Gaul operated an X-wing dubbed Red Five in the Battle of Scarif,[16] and also used the corresponding callsign, but was shot down and killed by TIE/ln space superiority starfighters.[18]


Battle of Yavin[]

Following the Rescue of Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 flew a T-65B X-wing starfighter dubbed Red Five in the Battle of Yavin. R2 was damaged by Darth Vader's TIE Advanced x1 (but later repaired), but Skywalker used the Force to destroy the Galactic Empire's superweapon, the Death Star.[3] After the battle, his Red Five designation became synonymous with the actual spacecraft that Skywalker flew.[1]

Stopping Leia Organa[]

When Princess Leia Organa and Evaan Verlaine let on an unsanctioned mission to rescue the last Alderaanians that survived The Disaster, Skywalker used Red Five to stop her, but he failed.[19]

Vrogas Vas[]

Skywalker would then operate a different X-wing of the same name with a different paintjob in the Battle of Vrogas Vas, until he deliberately collided with Vader in mid-flight to draw the focus of the battle to the planet's surface. Skywalker was rescued by Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon and was forced to abandon his craft.[10]

Hoth and Dagobah[]

Later, Luke would continue to use his previous, more well-known X-wing. It was present on Hoth while Luke led Rogue Squadron, and after the Battle of Hoth, he would take it to Dagobah where he was to be trained by Yoda. Following a water landing, Red Five sank in one of the planet's swamps. Regardless, Yoda trained Luke in the ways of the Force, and later encouraged Luke to use his developing powers to pull the X-wing out of the swamp. While Luke failed to lift the starfighter, Yoda would do it himself, demonstrating his great power in the Force at his old age.[7]


Luke flew the X-wing to Cloud City on Bespin against the desires of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, who wanted him to finish his training. After his duel with Vader and subsequent rescue by Lando Calrissian and Leia Organa aboard the Millennium Falcon, Red Five was seemingly abandoned on Cloud City.[7] However, the trio would later recover Luke's ship on a subsequent mission to the mining colony.[20]

Searching for a Jedi[]

Following the retrieval of Red Five from Cloud City, Skywalker decide to forgo rejoining the Rebel fleet in a quest to find a woman that Skywalker had been having visions of.[20] His journey would take him to a planet called Serelia. There he met a woman name Verla who Skywalker believed was a Jedi.[21]


"The place I'm sending you to is an old Jedi Outpost from the High Republic days."
Verla, to Luke Skywalker[11]

Following his adventure of Serelia, Skywalker would travel in Red Five to Tempes where, he would find a a new yellow-bladed lightsaber and duel the he spirit of the Grand Inquisitor, who had been forced to guard the outpost for eternity by Vader. Skywalker was able to over power him and escape before Vader arrived.[11]

Return to Tatooine[]

Skywalker later took Red Five to Tatooine to rescue Han Solo, and then flew the starfighter back to Dagobah to finish his training. Later, Skywalker would presumably leave his starfighter with the Alliance Fleet in the prelude to the Battle of Endor.[22]


"You stay here R2. Their scanners probably spotted us."
―Luke Skywalker to R2-D2 to stay next to Red Five[12]

Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 traveled to Pillio in Red Five.

Following the Battle of Endor, Skywalker traveled to the planet Pillio in Red Five where he would encounter Del Meeko, a member of Inferno Squad.[12]

Rescuing Grogu[]

"An X-wing."
"One X-wing? great, we're saved."
Bo-Katan Kryze and Carasynthia Dune on Skywalker's X-wing[13]

Around[13] 9 ABY,[23] Skywalker used it to board Gideon's light cruiser, during the rescue of Grogu.[13]

Transporting Grogu[]

Sometime later, Grogu decided to give in to attachments and forgo his Jedi Training with Skywalker, to return to his Mandalorian friend and adoptive father, Din Djarin, Skywalker had R2-D2 pilot Grogu in Red Five to Tatooine to deliver him safely to the Mandalorian.[24]


After the destruction of his Jedi temple, Luke went into a self-imposed exile and took Red Five to Ahch-To, submerging it in the sea below the Temple Island.[25]

Return to service[]

A year after her first visit, Rey returned to the island in her own self-imposed exile, by purposely crashing Kylo Ren's TIE whisper, but was encouraged by the spirit of Skywalker to face the reemerged Darth Sidious. After Luke's spirit lifted Red Five from the waters,[14] Rey repaired the ship[17] and flew to Exegol using a Sith wayfinder to face the Sith Lord. Once enroute, Rey transmitted Red Five's tracking beacon to the Resistance base on Ajan Kloss that allowed them to trace her route to the planet. This enabled the Resistance to launch an attack on the Sith world. Red Five ultimately survived the battle.[14]

Behind the scenes[]

The Red Five first appeared in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the first installment of the Star Wars original trilogy.[3] It was later seen in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back[7] and in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[22]

For the sequel trilogy, the 2017 film, Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi shows the Red Five submerged under the ocean of Ahch-To.[25] However, the Red Five is used again in the 2019 film, Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.[14] The decision to bring back the Red Five in the ninth installment was partly due the scene from The Empire Strikes Back where Luke is unable to lift his X-wing from Dagobah's swamp. When The Last Jedi showed the X-wing underwater, it was decided to have Luke lifting it with the Force in the following film to bring it to full circle.[26]


There are numerous continuity errors within Battle of Yavin scene as depicted in A New Hope, many of them introduced by the new computer-generated shots inserted into the The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition. In the shot of the starfighters flying towards the Death Star, the Red Five has two red stripes on the trailing edge of the S-foils. In some of the subsequent shots, there are 3 or 5 stripes in the same spot. Similar continuity errors are also present in the main line of Star Wars comic books published by Marvel Comics.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary, it was originally stated that the Red Five was no longer functional after being submerged in the waters of Ahch-To.[27] One of its S-foils is even seen as serving as the door to Luke's hut in the film itself.[25] However, in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, the Red Five is lifted from the water by Luke's ghost and flown by Rey to Exegol.[14] The film's novelization addresses this discrepancy by explaining that Rey spent additional time on Ahch-To repairing the ship, including reattaching the wing and scavenging shield paneling from the TIE whisper wreckage.[17]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia X-wing starfighter in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  4. The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 ToppsDigitalLogo.png Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: X-wing Starfighter - Blueprints)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  8. Princess Leia 1
  9. The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure
  10. 10.0 10.1 Vader Down 1
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Star Wars (2020) 6
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Star Wars Battlefront II
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 16: The Rescue"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  15. Star Wars (2020) 15
  16. 16.0 16.1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray Bonus Features
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
  18. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  19. Princess Leia 1
  20. 20.0 20.1 Star Wars (2020) 4
  21. Star Wars (2020) 5
  22. 22.0 22.1 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  23. StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of The Mandalorian must have taken place around 9 ABY.
  24. The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "In the Name of Honor"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  26. The Skywalker Legacy
  27. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary