Okay, this isn't mentioned in the film but it is in the novel. The relevant bits are:
- "'Gold Wing is hit hard!' another officer shouted, stumbling up to the bridge. 'Give them cover!' Ackbar ordered."
- "Lando was homing in on the reactor core shaft. Else only Wedge was left, flying just ahead of him, and Gold Wing, just behind. Several TIE fighters still trailed. These central twistings were barely two planes wide, and turned sharply every five or ten seconds at the speeds Lando was reaching. Another Imperial jet exploded against a wall; another shot down Gold Wing."
The first one seems to suggest that it's being used to refer to Gold Squadron, the second sounds more like an individual fighter. But it doesn't fit the pattern of any callsign I've ever seen and given the general meaning of wing I'm inclined to believe that this is just being used to refer to Green Squadron (our Green Squadron article already says this) and not an individual pilot. Either way, it's pretty badly written (the book that is, not the article). Green Tentacle (Talk) 12:56, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
- I agree that those segments of the novel are written pretty poorly. Group, Squad and Wing seem to be used interchangeably. But, as you say, in the novel "Gold Wing" is definitely referred to as a single pilot, at least part of the time. The character even has specific dialogue. The same goes for Green Wing and Blue Wing. While it's confusing and maybe an error, it is in the novel, in all three cases. A Guide to the Star Wars Universe goes along with this, too, even though it's likely the author's attempt to make sense of the text. Just like these pages are. Maybe you could argue these lines are just being attributed to a representative of each fighter group, but it doesn't really fit the text. --JMM 13:23, 5 June 2007 (UTC)