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"Red Ten, standing by."
―Nett reports in during the Battle of Yavin — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Theron Nett was a human male who served the Alliance to Restore the Republic as a rebel pilot in Red Squadron during the Galactic Civil War against the Galactic Empire. Stationed in the Great Temple on the moon Yavin 4, he and the pilot Ralo Surrel often flew as wingmates to Red Leader Garven Dreis. In 0 BBY, Nett witnessed fellow pilot Puck Naeco teasing their squad mate Col Takbright in the squadron's ready room after a briefing on the approaching Death Star superweapon. Dreis then informed the squad of who would be flying against the Death Star, and assigned Nett and his astromech droid R2-X2 the callsign Red Ten.

During the ensuing battle, Nett and Naeco flew as wingmen to Dreis in first flight. Early in the fight, TIE/ln space superiority starfighter targeted Nett and fellow pilot John D. Branon, killing the latter. After a failed attempt by the rebel Gold Squadron to hit the Death Star's vulnerable thermal exhaust port, Nett, Dreis, and Naeco then began their own attempt and entered the battle station's meridian trench. During the trench run, Nett was shot down by "Backstabber", a wingmate of the Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Biography[]

Red Leader's wingmate[]

Nett and R2-X2 flew as Red Ten at the Battle of Yavin.

Theron Nett[3] was a human male pilot who flew for the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. He served as a member of Red Squadron,[2] a T-65B X-wing starfighter squadron within the Massassi Group of rebels based in the Alliance's headquarters in the Great Temple on the moon Yavin 4.[4] Nett and fellow squadron member Ralo Surrel often flew as wingmates to Red Leader Garven Dreis.[3]

In 0 BBY,[1] the Galactic Empire's Death Star superweapon entered the Yavin system in order to destroy the rebel headquarters. As it approached, a briefing was held at the temple to inform the Alliance's pilots of a vulnerability in the Death Star: a two meter wide thermal exhaust port that if hit with a proton torpedo would destroy the whole battle station.[2] Nett's R2 series astromech droid, R2-X2,[5] attended the meeting[2] and afterwards Nett gathered in Red Squadron's ready room with the Mon Calamari engineer Kelemah and fellow pilots Col Takbright, Puck Naeco, and John D. Branon.[3]

In the ready room[]

"First flight, I'm flying lead. Theron, starboard wing as Red Ten. Puck, you're port as Red Twelve."
―Garven Dreis — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Theron Nett flew as wingmate to Red Leader Garven Dreis.

When Naeco began teasing Takbright about his nickname, "Fake Wedge," Nett exchanged an amused glance with Branon before Takbright convinced Naeco to drop the subject. The group then discussed statements made at the briefing by the squad's newest pilot, Luke Skywalker, before the real Wedge Antilles and other pilots entered the room.[3]

When Dreis entered, the pilots all took a seat before he revealed the duty roster of pilots that would fly in Red Squadron against the Death Star. Nett was given the callsign Red Ten and assigned to the first flight as Dreis's starboard wingmate, with Naeco substituted for Surrel as port wingman and Red Twelve. After Dreis gave a brief speech, Nett and the other pilots filed out of the room and began heading to their X-wing starfighters in the hangar.[3]

The Battle of Yavin[]

"We should be able to see it by now."
"Keep your eyes open for those fighters."
"There's too much interference. Red Five, can you see them where you are?"
―Nett and Dreis — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Nett spotted the trio of TIEs that pursued first flight through the trench.

After launch, Dreis called for a check in as the squadron approached the Death Star, and Nett was the first to respond. The squadron then locked their s-foils in attack position and, after passing through the magnetic field, they put their deflector shields on double front and accelerated to attack speed. To draw fire off of the BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bombers of Gold Squadron, Red Squadron then cut across the battle station's axis and began taking fire from turrets on the station's surface. After TIE/ln space superiority starfighters were launched from the station[2] a group of them targeted Nett and Branon early in the attack and killed Branon.[6] Three of the Y-wings then made the first run on the Death Star's meridian trench to try and reach the exhaust port, but all were destroyed by the Sith Lord Darth Vader, who piloted a TIE Advanced x1 alongside two wingmen in TIE/ln fighters.[2]

With the first run failed, Dreis called for what remained of Red Squadron to rendezvous[2] at point 8-6-1[7] and then began his own run on the trench with Nett and Naeco. As the turrets in the trench began firing on them, Nett stated that they should already be able to see the exhaust port. Dreis then ordered that they look out for the fighters that had foiled Gold Squadron's trench run, but Nett reported that there was too much interreference and asked Skywalker, who was flying as Red Five outside the trench, if he had a visual. Skywalker spotted Vader and his wingmen and pointed them out to Nett, who then spotted the Imperials as well.[2]

Death in the trench[]

"Better let her loose! They're right behind me!"
"Almost there."
"I can't hold them!"
―Theron Nett's last words to Garven Dreis — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Nett's X-wing was destroyed by the TIE pilot Backstabber in the Death Star trench.

Entering firing range, Dreis ordered Nett and Naeco to hold the Imperials off for a few more seconds,[2] but with no means of firing back at the pursing TIEs, the pair could only increase their rear deflector shields and begin manoeuvring to try and prevent Dreis from being hit.[7] Despite this, Vader quickly shot down Naeco. Nett then urged Dreis to fire, as the Imperials were right on his tail, but the Sith's wingmate[2] "Backstabber"[8] opened fired and destroyed Red Ten's starfighter, killing Nett and R2-X2.[2]

Dreis then took the shot, but it impacted on the station's surface instead of entering the exhaust port. Vader then killed Dreis, but Skywalker ultimately managed to make the shot during a third trench run and destroyed the Death Star.[2] In 1 ABY,[9] Nett and the other members of Red Squadron lost at Yavin were commemorated during a toast made by Skywalker in Mess Hall IV in the Mako-Ta Space Docks.[10]

Personality and traits[]

When Dreis revealed that Nett would be flying as Red Ten, the pilot showed no reaction, which was normal for him.[3] In his final moments he panicked[11] and then screamed as he perished. Nett had light skin and brown eyes.[2]

Equipment[]

During the Battle of Yavin, Nett wore an orange flight suit with a white flak vest. His K-22995 light flight helmet was painted black and white and had a yellow circle above each brow with a tapering diameter of dots. He flew a T-65B X-wing starfighter.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

The symbol on Theron Nett's helmet

Theron Nett first appeared in the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, in which he was identified only as Red Ten.[2] The character was portrayed by an uncredited Robert O'Mahoney[12] and the scenes were shot on Stage 8 at Elstree Studios between June 17 and June 28, 1976.[13] In the film, footage of a different pilot[2] portrayed by Chris Matthews[14] is shown when Nett's X-wing is destroyed.[2] This pilot was later identified as Puck Naeco,[4] whose is shot down before Nett,[3] and so the shot is counted as a continuity error.[15]

In the new Star Wars canon, Nett's name was first used[6] in 2015[16] on a card released in the Star Wars: Card Trader app.[6] The name originated on cards in the 1998 Special Edition Limited set of the Star Wars Legends Customizable Card Game produced by Decipher, Inc.[17][18] A New Hope - The Film Novel, a 2015 adaptation of A New Hope written by Lucile Galliot and Thierry Arson, erroneously describes Vader killing Nett rather than Backstabber.[7]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which includes Theron Nett's death in the Yavin system, to 0 BBY.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "Duty Roster"—From a Certain Point of View
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  5. HasbroInverted.png Star Wars: The Black Series (Pack: Red Squadron) (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 ToppsDigitalLogo.pngStar Wars: Card Trader (Card: John D. Branon - X-Wing Pilot - Base Series 1)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 A New Hope - The Film Novel
  8. StarWars.com Shop Star Wars Exclusives from San Diego Comic-Con 2020 Online on StarWars.com (backup link)
  9. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition dates the Assault on the Mako-Ta Space Docks to one year after the Battle of Yavin, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY, placing the battle in 1 ABY. Star Wars (2015) 43 is stated to take place 20 years after the proclamation of the New Order, which Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, the events of Star Wars (2015) 45, which takes place after Star Wars 43 and before the Assault on the Mako-Ta Space Docks, must be set in 1 ABY.
  10. Star Wars (2015) 45
  11. A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
  12. Weller, Scott: Aficianado Classic Blog: The "Lost Pilot" (2012-06-15). starwarsaficionado.blogspot.com. Star Wars Aficionado. Archived from the original on January 1, 2021.
  13. The Making of Star Wars
  14. Mark Newbold: London Film Fair add four Star Wars guests (2018-10-8). fanthatracks.com. Fantha Tracks. Archived from the original on November 21, 2021.
  15. Tumblr.png Jason Fry's Dorkery — EG to Warfare: Endnotes Pt. 10 on Tumblr (backup link)
  16. The Senate: Base Series 1 is here! (2015-03-11). toppsapps.com. Archived from the original on May 18, 2020.
  17. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameSpecial Edition Limited (Card: Red 10) (backup link)
  18. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameSpecial Edition Limited (Card: Theron Nett) (backup link)
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