On Earth, when a pilot shoots down 5 or more enemy aircraft, that pilot is called an "Ace". Is the title "Ace" awarded to pilots in Star Wars?

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    IIRC, Corran and another pilot in X-Wing series were given ace titles too Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 15:52
  • Yes, for example there is Ace Azzameen.
    – Petersaber
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 14:16

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Yep. Details on Wookieepedia but here's the relevant info:

The title of ace or space ace was conferred onto any starfighter or combat airspeeder pilot who had achieved five or more kills against enemy forces in combat. The origins of the title were unknown, but the status held equal import regardless of the era in which it was earned. Many pilots throughout the history of the galaxy earned the title of ace, with many of them exceeding the minimum number of victories by considerable margins. Among the Galactic Republic and later the Galactic Empire, particularly exceptional aces could be given the title of "Tan," which would be used before their full name.

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    Gives whole new meaning to "I'm gonna get a tan." ;)
    – gnovice
    Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 21:42
  • Canon sources?? Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 0:11
  • Mostly the Roleplaying game sourcebooks; Galaxy Guide 3
    – K-H-W
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 0:21
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    @DVK the whole x-wing series, among others
    – Kevin
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 3:53
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    @KeithHWeston - would you mind adding the exact references to the answer? It would greatly improve it (I don't doubt that they exist, that wasn't the point of my comment, sorry) Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 10:38

Yes, I can think of at least one instance where the title of "Ace" is given to pilots. The book is "Death Star" by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry.

A TIE Fighter pilot discusses with his girlfriend his conflicting feelings about becoming a "Double Ace" in one day.

Sorry i can't recall the exact quote.


In the short (canon) story "Grounded" Senior Flight Engineer Nera Kase repeatedly refers to pilots by their squadron designation and their number of kills. More than 5 and they're an "ace", more than 10 and they're a "double ace" and so forth.

Red Squadron was engaging the surface batteries, now, trying to clear the way for Gold One’s element. Red Three (Biggs Darklighter, 5,874 flight hours, triple ace, sixteen confirmed kills) called his target, Red Six (Jek “Tono” Porkins, 10,499 flight hours, double ace, fourteen confirmed kills) following him in and—

And in Before the Awakening, we learn that Poe's mother was a triple-ace.

It wasn’t until years later, long after she had passed away and Poe had entered the New Republic’s service and become a pilot himself, that he began to learn the true scope of her heroism—that Lieutenant Shara Bey had been awarded the Bronze Nova for Conspicuous Gallantry during the Liberation of Gorma; that she had earned her triple ace less than a week later, during Operation: Mynock Bite

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