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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?

  • @DVK Yeap, but I asked for technical differences "under the skin" – thegreatjedi Jan 7 '16 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? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 7 '16 at 3:56
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    @Cherubel It's not Earth, so nothing is impossible. – thegreatjedi Jan 7 '16 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. – thegreatjedi Jan 7 '16 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 '16 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 '16 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 – thegreatjedi Jan 7 '16 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? – Jeremy French Jan 7 '16 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 – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 7 '16 at 20:41
  • @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 – thegreatjedi Jan 7 '16 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? – thegreatjedi Jan 7 '16 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 '16 at 23:47

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