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Starfigher Analysis: B-Wing


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Wolfninjajedi
05.29.2013 , 10:43 AM | #1
Well am back yet again doing another Analysis thread, so shortly after the Xg-1. This time folks were gonna be having a look at the B-Wing used by the Rebel Alliance, so lets have a look!
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Quote:
"You're among the best pilots in the galaxy. You'll have to be if you want to control this starship."

―Admiral Ackbar briefing B-wing pilots prior to the Battle of Endor
The B-wing was one of the largest and heaviest bombers that the Rebel Alliance had, designed by the Slayn & Korpil company along with the help of Gial Ackbar. Though difficult to fly, it did participate in a number of operations both by the Rebel Alliance and then later the New Republic its primary use being an assault starfighter and later a two manned version would be introduced to act as a small transport. The B-wing was designed to replace the aging Y-wings, and though it had stronger shielding and hull it was not without its flaws, such as being difficult to fly and not having great speed or agility.

Its large hullframe made it an easy target so the B-wing never fully replaced the Y-wing as it was designed for. The rotating hull also made the ship abnormally delicate as too many sharp turns could put strain on the spaceframe and the rotation system could get stuck in one place. The cockpit could also be ejected from the rest of the ship like the Y-wing, however could also support atmospheric re-entry,

Armaments

ArMek SW-7a light ion cannons= 3

Gyrhil R-9X heavy laser cannon= 1

Gyrhil 72 twin autoblasters= 1

Krupx MG9 proton torpedo launchers= 2, 8 torpedoes each standard load.

Specs

B-Wing Schematics= http://images.wikia.com/starwars/ima...Bwing_egvv.jpg

Max acceleration= 2,390 G

MGLT(Megalight)= 91

Max Speed(atmosphere)= 950(higher speeds possible with deflector shield on)

Engine Units= Quadex Kyromaster Engine 1, or Slayn & Korpil JZ-5 fusial thrust engines 4

Hyperdrive Rating= 2.0

Hyperdrive System= Slayn & Korpil HYd-997 hyperdrive motivator

Power Plant= Vinop O2K cryogenic power cells and ionization reactor

Shielding= Sirplex Zr-41 shield generator(rated 125 SBD)

Hull= Reinforced durasteel(rated 60 RU)

Sensor Systems= Fabritech ANv-9q sensor system with PH-5s long-range phased tachyon detection array and PK-8f short-range primary threat analysis grid

Targeting Systems= Fabritech ANq 3.6 tracking computer with IN-344-B "Sightline" holographic imaging system

Navigation System= Microaxial LpM-549 navigation computer

Avionics= Narmox HG.6w flight control avionics

Crew= 1 pilot

Cargo Capacity= 45 kilos

Consumables= 1 week.

Roles

Assault Starfighter

Bomber
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Pictures

Simple View

Trio of B-wings
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Thoughts: The B-Wing is nice, I like the design of it a rather interesting one compared to the other fighters that the Alliance had, I could see though it being hard to work with since the rest of the fighter is rather long so maneuvering it would be tricky among other things.
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LordFlasheart
05.29.2013 , 12:19 PM | #2
I have always liked the B-Wings, the cool rotation around the cockpit to deploy the S-Foils for combat was a neat touch (though I think the X-Wing S-Foils on the tie ball cockpit for the Twi-Lek Deathseeds was even better).

It's a good thing they could take a beating though, the abnormally large cross section gave ample area to hit, I remember them being great target practice in Tie Fighter. I guess that's the problem with bombers though, they sacrifice small size, speed and maneuverability for a devastating payload. I bet they were a ***** to fly in atmosphere too, make them more of a space bomber than a ground pounder.

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Wolfninjajedi
05.29.2013 , 12:29 PM | #3
If ya haven't checked, I do have other Analysis threads regarding Starfighters and Walkers. Hmm...I think I shall do a Walker next, though not saying which.
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tunewalker
05.30.2013 , 03:02 AM | #4
honestly this is one of those ones where if you put a pilot who was really skilled with a b-wing the ship would be devastating unskilled pilots are not suited for this but a really good pilot would do magic with these.

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TalonVII
05.30.2013 , 09:58 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Wolfninjajedi View Post
If ya haven't checked, I do have other Analysis threads regarding Starfighters and Walkers. Hmm...I think I shall do a Walker next, though not saying which.
Nice one as always wolf. You and I seem to do some interesting starship analysis, but our style is different.

All the same lovely job!

Oh and if you find something that's an oddball ship and don't have the time, kick it my way, I try to find the not so well known ships or the one of a kind ships and kick them center stage.
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dazednconfuzed
01.14.2014 , 10:58 AM | #6
Sorry for the late entry to this topic, but I though tOP might be interested to know that Wedge Antilles (Commander, Rogue Squadron) once decided that piloting was the wrong word. He felt that the correct term should have been 'driver' because of the way the cockpit rotated made him feel separated from the rest of the fighter.
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IchibanSaru
04.27.2015 , 08:29 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by tunewalker View Post
honestly this is one of those ones where if you put a pilot who was really skilled with a b-wing the ship would be devastating unskilled pilots are not suited for this but a really good pilot would do magic with these.
I loved flying the B-Wing in the old Lucas Arts game X-Wing (The B-WIng expansion disc). It was built like a battleship and flew like one. The turning radius on the B-Wing made them poor against dogfights, but B-Wings were often escorted by either X or A Wings for support. The B-Wing itself could take a great amount of punishment before throwing in the towel. It was designed to go toe to toe against corvette and frigate class ships so it was made to dish out and take a beating.
If used in the right way, with the proper support, the B-Wing was a dream to fly. The number of loadout configurations (hard points) on the B-Wing made it very versatile as well. It could be made into a pure missile boat, a wall of laser destruction or anything in between.
They weren't fast or nimble, but they weren't supposed to be. They surpassed the Y Wing in both survivability and lethality. Great ship. My favorite SW fighter.

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Ghisallo
04.27.2015 , 08:51 PM | #8
A bit of a necro post but in seeing it I have to say just this... the B-Wing was never JUST a bomber.

To use a RL aircraft it seems more a kin to say an F/A-18. It tires to thread the needle from being a a fighter and an attack aircraft (read fighter style bomber) however I think in seeing what happened in both the EU and rl, threading that line is damned close to impossible. Even according to the EU because of the issues the B-Wing had they introduced an upgraded Y-Wing (think A-6 Intruder/A-10 Warthog). One ring to rule them all seems to work well for Tolkein but not for aircraft
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MadDutchman
04.27.2015 , 09:15 PM | #9
Plus it looks like the B-wing lore is being thrown out the window along with the rest of the EU and being reintroduced in Rebels season 2 almost a decade earlier

Still, seeing Hera at the controls of something with proton torpedoes makes me smile

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IchibanSaru
04.28.2015 , 10:40 AM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by MadDutchman View Post
Plus it looks like the B-wing lore is being thrown out the window along with the rest of the EU and being reintroduced in Rebels season 2 almost a decade earlier

Still, seeing Hera at the controls of something with proton torpedoes makes me smile
I'd like to see an updated B Wing in Ep7 along the same lines as the new X-Wing fighter (T-70 versus T-65). Slightly updated, but still familiar. I'm thinking the B Wing shown in the Battle of Endor had to be an block A or B model if it was new at that time so there is plenty of room for growth and change in the 30+ years since Endor.
I saw the Rebels S2 trailer and was happy (and initially confused) when the I saw the red B-Wing. It did throw what the EU gave us as the time-line of the ship, it could be an early prototype (hence the bright paint scheme). Rather than Akbar designing it, perhaps the Rebels stole it. /shrug
Either way, it was great to see the B Wing playing a role in the new content. :-)

And I agree. The B Wing is not a simple bomber. I would liken it to an A-10 Warthog myself. It's not an air-superiority fighter (F15 & F22) or even the air/ground fighter (F/A18 & F35) because both of those roles can dogfight and hold their own with almost anything flying from an airframe and nimbleness point of view.
The A-10 was designed to bring the hurt against tanks. It was designed around a single weapon system, its gatling gun. It was designed to survive flying low and slow over a crowded battlefield as it hunted or lined up for strafing runs. The B Wing was designed to go head to head with smaller capitol ships and group up to take out the larger ones. It was designed to absorb the sort of damage corvette class ships could dish out so its speed had to be compromised for stronger shields. It wad designed to be rock solid on an approach run without being rocked around by hits and nearby blasts and that's why I think it's sluggish. Like the A-10, it can maneuver and bank for evasion, but it's not an air to air platform. Like the A-10. It wasn't designed to take on fighters. The B Wing CAN if pressed into the role, but its more about targets of opportunity rather than one on one fights against TIE ships.
The B Wing isn't the greatest ship of the Rebel Alliance, but it's my favorite and I'd pick it over the others in a heartbeat. It's not the answer to all problems by any means. It has "flaws" when compared to pure fighters, but I love idea of saying "Yeah go handle those TIE fighters. I got this frigate over here to blow up."