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The Y-wing is a heavy fighter/bomber developed during the Clone Wars, and still used by the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War. The Y-wing is well shielded and carries a sizable proton torpedo payload as well as a turreted ion cannon for disabling enemy vehicles, in addition to standard dual laser cannons mounted in front.

The original configuration had a crew of two, pilot and gunner. By the Civil War era, many Alliance vessels were single-seaters, but two-seater versions were still extant, e.g. the one flown by Princess Leia and C-3PO in Splinter of the Minds Eye.

Clone Wars-era Y-Wing

The Y-wing requires a lot of maintenance to keep functioning at peak performance. Alliance technicians often leave the armor plating removed to reduce maintenance time. The Y-wing's ion cannon turret is notoriously fragile and often left non-functional. For example, out of all the Y-wings involved in the Battle of Yavin only two had functioning ion cannons, one of which was the only Y-wing to survive.

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