|BTL-A4 Y-wing "Longprobe"|
|Certification||Basic Starfighter Continuation Training|
|Weapon Mounts||Pilot Gun x2|
|Astromech Technology||Astromech droid|
As an advanced and heavier version of the Y-wing, Alliance Starfighter Pilots who reach the Starfighters II certification often choose this ship as their primary weapon in space. The Y-wing "Longprobe" is a tactical fighter/bomber that combines the traits of its predecessor with the heavy load-out capabilities of the Advanced X-wing and B-wing bomber. Unlike in the Y-wing, the "Longprobe" pilot is able to operate both the turret gun and the nose gun simultaneously, doubling the ship's firepower while halving its crew complement.
Star Wars Lore
An additional, though less common, Y-wing BTL-A4 variant known as the "LongProbe," this ship was equipped with a nav computer, backup hyperdrive, advanced scanners, and an extended fuel supply in place of the weapons systems officer. The "LongProbe" was used primarily for long range scouting missions. On such missions longprobes operated in recon teams known as "Longprobe Y-wing Recon Teams". The Y-wing was already nearly obsolete by the close of the Galactic Civil War, being slow and ungainly compared to other Alliance fighters; but it was still fielded by many planetary defense forces, mercenaries, and pirates.
Its deficiencies were partly compensated for by the heavy proton torpedo load it could carry, and its ability to paralyze craft with ion cannon fire without destroying them, unique until the B-wing starfighter was introduced after the Battle of Yavin.
It was a rugged design, but it had some design flaws requiring constant maintenance, which led many crews to remove the superficial hull plating. Many Y-wings had no hull plating (except on the cockpit), exposing the internals of the main hull.
The cockpit could be ejected by the pilot from the engines and the rest of the ship. This was used when the ship was on a surface. After the cockpit was disconnected, it could be driven on the surface.
Despite its shortcomings in speed and maneuverability, the Y-wing was an extremely durable craft, with heavier shielding than the T-65 X-wing starfighter. It could withstand many laser blasts, and it was quite difficult to destroy.
The Y-wing was often used as an assault craft to attack enemy capital ships directly in conjunction with B-wing starfighters.
X-wing starfighters and A-wing interceptors were used to distract the enemy fighters and the ship's gunners, to allow the Y-wings and B-wings to focus their fire on the capital ship. This tactic was similar to the "A-wing Slash", which involves solely X-wings and A-wings.