The RZ-1 A-wing interceptor was a starfighter designed by the New Republic during the First War. One of the fastest mass-produced interceptors in the multiverse, the A-wing was even faster than the Axis' TIE Interceptor, despite also having shielding and a hyperdrive, unlike the cheaper TIE model. It replaces the R-22 Spearhead from the early parts of the war.
The RZ-1 A-wing interceptor was a cockpit attached to twin engines. Like its predecessor, the Eta-2, the A-wing required pilots of exceptional skill to take full advantage of the vessel's speed, agility, and special features—and the Rebel Alliance lacked the Galactic Republic's Jedi pilots.
The A-wing's Novaldex J-77 Event Horizon engines remained some of the most powerful sublight thrusters two decades past the A-wing's creation and were linked to highly sensitive controls. The vessels presented a number of challenges to pilots. Pilots had to adjust two dorsal and two ventral stabilizer wings with great care, as even a minor turn could send the speedy A-wing into a massive spinout.