My version of the E-wing Escort Fighter from the Star Wars EU universe
About this creation
HJR - "One of the first things I found out when going on the Internet for information on my renewed interest in Star Wars was this vehicle. Not knowing there was an extended universe with Star wars based on the books, comics, video games etc. I was immediately struck by the many pictures of spaceships outside the movies, and the E-wing was one of the most striking ones. So better late than never my version of this Escort Fighter. Credits come where credits due : Fichez for the nose configuration (I'll steal your Sith Fighter designs very soon as well ;-) and DarkLight for the engine configuration. Thanks for the inspiration guys! :-D"
E-wing escort starfighter From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.
Manufacturer FreiTek Inc.
Model E-wing escort starfighter
Class Escort starfighter
Cost 185,000 credits
Length 11.2 meters
Maximum acceleration 4,200 G
MGLT 120 MGLT
Maximum speed (atmosphere) 1300 km/h
Hyperdrive rating Class 2.0
Hyperdrive system Equipped
Armament 3 x Laser cannons
1 x Proton torpedo launcher
- 16 torpedoes
R7-series astromech droid
Cargo capacity 100 kg
Consumables 1 week
Era(s) New Republic era
New Jedi Order era
Affiliation New Republic
Galactic Federation of Free Alliances
"I say let the Imperials keep coming, because every time a new admiral crawls out of the Outer Rim or some Imperial goon finds a lost superweapon, Rogue Squadron gets a new starfighter. Seems like a good deal to me." - General Wedge Antilles
The E-wing escort starfighter was a single-pilot starfighter developed by FreiTek Inc. It was the first fighter designed entirely under the support of the New Republic.
This powerful starfighter was used by the New Republic, particularly by the Fifth Fleet, and later by the Galactic Alliance. Despite some initial problems, E-wings participated in many major engagements during the Black Fleet Crisis, Yuuzhan Vong War, and beyond.
- 2.1 Development
3 Known squadrons
The E-wing was considered an excellent combination of firepower, maneuverability, speed, and armor, but initial models required the use of the R7-series astromech droid, which was exclusively built for the E-wing.
The spaceframe of the E-wing was surrounded by two aerodynamic foils which provided stability and increased weapons ability. The nosecone contained the starfighter's powerful sensors, while a concealed astromech droid could easily be positioned midway through the craft. Directly in front of the astromech slot was the cockpit.
The fighter was heavily armed with three laser cannons and one proton torpedo launcher with a magazine of sixteen torpedoes. Like most Rebel designs, the lasers were spread out and could be set to converge at varying distances.
A single E-wing cost 185,000 credits.
Much of the great cost of the E-wing came from the use of the R7 droid, a much more sophisticated and expensive astromech than the classic R2 and R5 astromechs.
The Republic introduced the E-wing during Grand Admiral Thrawn's campaign to rebuild the fallen Empire. The fighter later served in the fight against the "resurrected" Palpatine. Built with cutting-edge weapons, shielding, and propulsion systems, the fighter was extremely powerful and well-rounded. It was intended as an escort fighter and could also serve as a medium-range assault craft. It had enough speed to counter TIE/In starfighters and had better armor than other New Republic starfighters, including the X-wing.
The E-wing had some initial teething problems relating to the placement of the wing lasers near the outboard engines. The synthetic Tibanna gas used for the lasers tended to degrade at accelerated rates, which swiftly rendered those guns near-useless (and cutting gun firepower to a third). Those problems were eventually resolved and the fighter entered fleet service. It is known to have served at least with the New Republic's Fifth Fleet as the primary fleet space superiority fighter. When the Fifth Fleet was moved to the Koornacht Cluster during the Black Fleet Crisis, many E-wings saw action against the Yevetha in the conflict that ensued.
Four major models appeared to have been designed; the last (Series IV) was introduced around the time of the capture of Coruscant by the Yuuzhan Vong. By that point in the war, the XJ X-wing was rapidly equipping most squadrons in the massive military expansion; the more sophisticated E-wing may have been limited to some elite squadrons. The Series IV E-wing remained in service through the transition from New Republic to Galactic Alliance, and was still in operation as of the Second Corellian Crisis.
Originally, the E-wing was so sophisticated that it had to have the new R7 astromech built for it. Later models of the E-wing starfighters were however able to interface with a earlier astromech models, such as an R2 or R5 unit.
3 Known squadrons
* Blackmoon Squadron
* Knave Team
* White Team
* Fighter Red
* Ax Squadron
* Dark Empire (First appearance)
* Empire's End
* Crimson Empire
* Planet of Twilight
* Before the Storm
* Shield of Lies
* Tyrant's Test
* Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial
* Balance Point
* Edge of Victory I: Conquest
* Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
* Star by Star
* Dark Journey
* Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
* Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
* Destiny's Way
* The Unifying Force
* Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
* Exile (Mentioned only)
* Dark Empire Sourcebook
* Handbook 3: Dark Empire
* The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
* Star Wars: Behind the Magic
* The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
* The New Essential Guide to Droids
* Starships of the Galaxy (2007)
Very nice, although the engines are a tad too long and a bit too big. In the diagram, the three laser cannons are all the same length, but the wing laser cannons go farther forward than the engines. Just pointing it out, the rest of the design is truly awesome :D
The wings ought to begin sloping imediatly on leaving the fuselogde, I think. You did a good job on this one, it's clean, the body has some nice angles most (myself included) neglect, and you got the astromech socket right. I can really see Darklight's inspiration here, particularily in the frontal portion and engines. I'm not sure if said front should be curved or flat, and I think your's is a tad to thin, but now I'm being a nit-pick. Very nice sir, could you see mine some time. Post Script: Once you finish MOCing every known peice of EU, can you post some group photos? I can't keep any of my creations intact when I start a new project so I think it would be cool to see all of yours together.