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As the best starfighter pilot in the galaxy, does Poe enjoy the privilege of a technically more advanced X-Wing model or at least the freedom to modify it? Is it technically different from stock X-Wings of the period?

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  • @DVK Yeap, but I asked for technical differences "under the skin" Jan 7, 2016 at 3:45
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    Does the fact that Poe's X-Wing actually gets destroyed on Jakku in the film start and he flies another one suffice to indicate it isn't modified? Jan 7, 2016 at 3:56
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    @Cherubel It's not Earth, so nothing is impossible. Jan 7, 2016 at 9:58
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    @Cherubel I'm speaking on the basis that their technology allows them to do things not possible within the bounds of the current beliefs of Earth-based physics, such as faster-than-light and dark matter harnessing. On those grounds, we cannot say what is impossible on Earth is similarly so there. They may have technology or materials that make these possible. Differing planetary conditions also changes circumstances. We simply can't assume their entire galaxy is like Earth. Jan 7, 2016 at 10:28
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    @Cherubel - G-forces only matter if you can't control gravity. In Star Wars they can control gravity.
    – Valorum
    Jan 7, 2016 at 19:09

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Unknown.

TFA Incredible Cross-Sections page 12 says:

"The T-70 X-wing is a favourite craft of Resistance pilots, including Poe Dameron, who flies a customised example codenamed Black One."

However, what constitutes "customized" is not clear - it could refer to its custom black color; or to special configuration of modular bays (which ALL T-70s have according to the book), OR real customization not available to other X-Wings.

Neither novelization nor film script mention specific details.

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    "Set X-Foils to 'sell toys' mode"
    – Valorum
    Jan 7, 2016 at 9:27
  • @DVK I would venture a guess that, by convention, that meant technical customization. If it's just a paint job, the word customised isn't usually used. There's no strict enforcement, ofc, but typically "customised" indicates modifications of a technical nature has necessarily been made to be called that. "Variant" is more conveniently used for both include-technical and aesthetic only differences Jan 7, 2016 at 10:33
  • Worth remembering that Poe has two. The one that blows up on Jakku and the one flying at the end of the film. Would they both be custom versions? Jan 7, 2016 at 20:40
  • @JeremyFrench - I seriously doubt that he would consider a BLUE X-Wing "his". Probably a temporary loaner or something. He doesn't seem like the type to fly normal colored craft from Visual Dictionary descriptions of him Jan 7, 2016 at 20:41
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    @DVK if his mission at the start of the movie is undercover or behind enemy lines, he would certainly not fly his signature fighter to avoid enemy identification of such a HVT Jan 7, 2016 at 23:41
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As the Rebel force's acknowledged "top pilot" Poe appears to have had some latitude to customise the ships at his disposal.

As well as explicitly confirming that Poe's "Black One" X-wing is a customised ship, the film's 'Incredible Cross-Sections' book states that the black paint is more than just an affectation, it's actually a

"Sensor-scattering ferrospehere paint"

The film's "Visual Dictionary" backs this up, stating that that the paint-job makes his X-wing especially hard to track and easily

overlooked by sensors.

Presumably this aids his dogfighting (the ship is hard to see on sensors and visually) as well as making it useful for the sort of infiltration mission he's on at the start of the film.

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    so the paint does serve a purpose! Such a thing exists in real life too. Although the mission at the start didn't feature that particular fighter it seems. I assume there's no mention of any other modifications? Jan 7, 2016 at 23:43
  • @thegreatjedi - It's unclear what features are non-standard, other than the paint which doesn't appear on the other x-wings
    – Valorum
    Jan 7, 2016 at 23:47
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    My question would be, if this paint gives you an advantage then why aren't all fighters painted with it?: Only one can in the universe?
    – mwarren
    Feb 16, 2021 at 13:00
  • @Mwarren - Why aren't all fighter jets painted black and covered in radar-reflecting paint like the Stealth?
    – Valorum
    Feb 16, 2021 at 14:29
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According to The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections:

Poe Dameron's customized T-70, Black One, returned from Starkiller Base with a bad case of carbon-scoring and dangerously frayed fire-control linkages. (p. 16)

Since Poe returns from Starkiller Base during The Force Awakens, we can infer that it was already customized during that film.

Furthermore, its rear thruster seen in The Last Jedi was a visible customization:

To give himself an edge in combat, Poe ordered that an experimental thrust accelerator pod be added to Black One's propulsion system. (ibid)

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