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Why do some Starfighters have X-wings? © Disney / Lucasfilm

Why do some Starfighters have X-wings?

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Sure they look cool, but is there more to the shape of a X-wing than meets the eye?

This one has kept hardcore Star Wars fans arguing for years – because the plank-like X-wings aren’t aerodynamically shaped, and aerodynamics are irrelevant in the vacuum of space in any case. Apart from looking great, one possible scientific explanation for their use is to provide a Starfighter’s weaponry with extra cooling surfaces.


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Robert is a science writer and visiting professor of science at Aston University.


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