Of all the various and sundry starfighters that populate the Star Wars universe, few get less respect than the venerable Y-wing fighter/bomber. Slow, bulky, often given the inglorious capture-don't-kill assignments thanks to its ion cannons, the Y-wing has always been viewed as the ugly unpopular sister to its glamorous movie-star sibling, the X-wing.
Too bad the Y-wing flies better in real life than the X-wing—at least according to the wholly unscientific evidence of this YouTube clip (found via SciFi Scanner). Just compare it to last week's video of a 1/2 scale model rocket X-wing disintegrating after take-off. Sure, the 1/4-scale Y-wing suffers a similar fate when its cockpit section sheers off, but the remaining drive section floats gracefully back to earth before plowing headlong (minus a head) into the California desert. Maybe now Gold Squadron will finally get some respect.
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.