Red Wing was the call sign of a member of Red Squadron, a Rebel Alliance starfighter squadron. By 4 ABY, the pilot served as the second-in-command to the squadron's leader, Commander Wedge Antilles. Red Wing led fighter groups into combat against Imperial forces during the Battle of Endor.
Though the term "Red Wing" could refer to the Rebel Alliance's Red Squadron, the designation was also the call sign of an individual pilot in the squadron who served as second-in-command to Red Leader Wedge Antilles. The fighter pilot designated Red Wing was tasked with overseeing the individual units that comprised the starfighter wing. In 4 ABY, the Rebel Alliance learned of the existence of a second Death Star undergoing construction in the remote Endor system. The Alliance Fleet traveled to the system to destroy the battlestation, consequently falling into a trap carefully orchestrated by Emperor Palpatine, ruler of the Galactic Empire. Red Wing led the Red Squadron fighter units into combat during the subsequent engagement with the Imperial Fleet, a battle that culminated with the destruction of the Death Star and the death of the Emperor.
Behind the scenes
- "Red Wing, stay alert—we could run out of space real fast."
- ―Wedge Antilles
Red Wing was first mentioned in A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, released in 1984. "Red Wing" is briefly mentioned in the 1983 novelization of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, but it is not clear if the reference is to the pilot or Red Squadron as a whole. A similar, albeit much clearer, issue in the novelization involved the use of "Gold Wing" in reference to both Gold Squadron and the pilot Gold Wing.
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe (First mentioned)
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
- Star Wars Encyclopedia
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Third Edition, Revised and Expanded
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia