Rogue Squadron

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For the video game series see Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

Rogue Squadron is a fictional elite X-Wing starfighter squadron in the Star Wars universe.

The squadron is famous for achieving seemingly impossible missions. They were at the Battle of Yavin before even being formed, and were instrumental in the Battle of Hoth and the Battle of Endor.

The comic series by Michael A. Stackpole and Dark Horse Comics tells of the first reformation of the squadron after Endor.

The book series, also by Stackpole, tells of the squadron's second reformation, two years after Endor, and details the capture of Coruscant. The titles in that series are Rogue Squadron, Wedge's Gamble, The Krytos Trap and The Bacta War. Corran Horn, one of Rogue Squadron's pilots, is the subject of I, Jedi, another, longer book by Stackpole.

Another series of books, written by Aaron Allston, follows Wraith Squadron, a squad formed after the Bacta War by Wedge Antilles which worked closely with the Rogues. These books are Wraith Squadron, Iron Fist, and Solo Command.

Stackpole returned to the series with Isard's Revenge, and Allston ended it with Starfighters of Adumar, a novel about Antilles and his closest compatriots, Tycho Celchu, Wes Janson, and Hobbie Klivian.

Years later, the Rogues fought against the Yuuzhan Vong in the New Jedi Order.

There are also three video games developed by Factor 5 and published by LucasArts: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, for the Nintendo 64, and Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, and Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, both for the Nintendo GameCube.

History

The Red Squadron was essential to the destruction of the Death Star at the Battle of Yavin. After the battle, the squadron would operate as two groups. The first was the Renegade Flight under Narra, the squadron leader, and the second was the Rogue Flight under Luke Skywalker. As the Rogues became more autonomous, they became a group with no standing orders, ready any time or place for urgent missions that would arise. Their core was Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, Zev Senesca, and Wes Janson.

The Renegade Flight was eventually destroyed before the Battle of Hoth, on an escort mission with a convoy carrying supplies for the Rebel Base. The Rogues on Hoth had now the burden to defend Echo Base although new pilots were already added to their roster, like Derek Klivian and Tycho Celchu. During the Battle of Hoth, the Rogues had to add many 'guest' members into their squadron. The 12 Snowspeeders of the Rogues gave the Rebels enough time to evacuate Echo Base.

After the evacuation of Hoth, Antilles took command during the absence of Skywalker at Dagobah. After the events of The Empire Strikes Back, Skywalker and Antilles formed a squadron of 12 units around the core group and the Rogue Squadron was formed. Antilles often commanded the squadron when Luke had important off-flight missions. One of Luke's last missions was the Battle of Gall against the Imperials, in an attempt to flush out the bounty hunters who had abducted Han Solo.

During the Battle of Endor, Rogue Squadron was dissolved and absorbed into the general fleet and Antilles took the role of 'Red Leader', in memory of the Battle of Yavin. After that, the squadron was hastily and temporarily reformed by Antilles with the best rebel pilots in order to defend the planet Bakura. The Rogue Squadron was now a lean team of 6 units: Antilles, Janson, Klivian, Celchu, Plourr Ilo and Dllr Nep. One of the important missions during the New Republic's infancy, was the failed rescue mission for Sate Pestage, which bolstered the fame of New Republic.

Since Janson and Klivian moved on to train new pilots and squadrons, Antilles had to reinvent Rogue Squadron, now with pilots from a wide variety of planets, clearly for political reasons. The rogues now fought against Imperial forces led by Ysanne Isard contributed to reclaim of Coruscant and involved in The Bacta War to liberate Thyferra from Isard.

During that time, Klivian led a temporary Rogue Squadron, while the "true" Rogue Squadron's absence. Antilles turned command over to Tycho Celchu and founded the Wraith Squadron. Antilles commanded both squadrons against Warlord Zsinj and after that he returned to his command as Rogue Leader to battle against Thrawn, Krennel, Palpatine's clones and lead the team to other glorious battles.

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