Name: Red Five (Luke Skywalkers X-Wing)
Craft: Incom T-65B X-Wing Starfighter
Affiliation: Rebel Alliance
Type: Space Superiority Fighter
Length: 12.5 meters
Skill: Starfighter Pilot
Crew: 1 and Astromech Droid (can coordinate)
Crew Skill: Starfighter Pilot: 5D; Starship Gunnery: 4D+2; Starship Shields: 3D
Cargo Capacity: 110 kg
Consumables: 1 week
Cost: 150,000 (new)
Nav Computer: No (uses Astromech Droid programmed with up to 10 jumps)
Atmosphere: 365; 1,050 km/h
Passive: 25 / 0D
Scan: 50 / 1D
Search: 75 / 2D
Focus: 3 / 4D
4 Laser Cannons (fire-linked)
Fire Arc: front
Skill: starship gunnery
Fire Control: 3D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1,200/2,500m
2 Proton Torpedo Launchers
Fire Arc: front
Skill: starship gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1/3/7
Atmosphere Range: 30-100/300/700m
Ammo: 3 per launcher
Background: During the Galactic Civil War, several X-wing starfighters used by Rebel pilots bore the name Red Five and the designation AA-589. Cadet Pedrin Gaul operated an X-wing dubbed Red Five in the Battle of Scarif, and also used the corresponding callsign, but was shot down and killed by TIE/ln space superiority starfighters.
Days later, Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 flew a T-65B X-wing starfighter dubbed Red Five in the Battle of Yavin. R2 was damaged by Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1 (but later repaired), but Skywalker used the Force to destroy the Galactic Empire’s superweapon, the Death Star. After the battle, his Red Five designation became synonymous with the actual spacecraft that Skywalker flew.
Skywalker would then operate a different X-wing of the same name with a different paintjob in the Battle of Vrogas Vas, until he deliberately collided with Vader in mid-flight to draw the focus of the battle to the planet’s surface. Skywalker was rescued by Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon and was forced to abandon his craft.
Later, Luke would continue to use his previous, more well-known X-wing. It was present on Hoth while Luke led Rogue Squadron, and after the Battle of Hoth, he would take it to Dagobah where he was to be trained by Yoda. Following a water landing, Red Five sank in one of the planet’s swamps. Regardless, Yoda trained Luke in the ways of the Force, and later encouraged Luke to use his developing powers to pull the X-wing out of the swamp. While Luke failed to lift the starfighter, Yoda would do it himself, demonstrating his great power in the Force at his old age.
Luke flew the X-wing to Cloud City on Bespin against the desires of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, who wanted him to finish his training. After his duel with Vader and subsequent rescue by Lando Calrissian and Leia Organa aboard the Millennium Falcon, Red Five was seemingly abandoned on Cloud City. However, the trio would later recover Luke’s ship on a subsequent mission to the mining colony.
Luke later took Red Five to Tatooine to rescue Han Solo, and then flew the starfighter back to Dagobah to finish his training. Later, Skywalker would presumably leave his starfighter with the Alliance Fleet in the prelude to the Battle of Endor.
He kept it in the period after. Around 9 ABY, Skywalker used it to board Gideon’s light cruiser, during the Second rescue of Grogu.
After the destruction of his Jedi temple, Luke went into a self-imposed exile and took Red Five to Ahch-To, submerging it in the sea below the Temple island. A year after her first visit, Rey returned to the island in her own self-imposed exile, by purposely crashing Kylo Ren’s TIE whisper, but was encouraged by the spirit of Skywalker to face the reemerged Palpatine. After Luke’s spirit lifted Red Five from the waters, Rey repaired the ship and flew to Exegol using a Sith Wayfinder to face the deposed Emperor. Once enroute, Rey transmitted Red Five’s tracking beacon to the Resistance base on Ajan Kloss that allowed them to trace her route to the planet. This enabled the Resistance to launch an attack on the Sith world. Red Five ultimately survived the battle.