Connor MacLeod wrote:The Rebellion in the EU came across the X-wing by the Rebellion smuggling out the senior design staff and the prototypes (the wiki says four, I've never heard of an exact number) and all the plans from under the Empire's nose. Basically Imperial Intel agencies suspected Incom's designers were disloyal and they fled before the Empire could take/execute them and/or the company could be Nationalized. This has been as far back as WEG goes. How this gets translated into 'steal all the X-wings' I have no fucking clue.
Now if you were going to complain about something, complain about the fact they apparently that all of the above happened precisely a year before yavin. I'm pretty sure the novels and radio drama have portrayed the fighters at Yavin as being far older than that.
It's fluff inconsistencies. The Rebels should not be fielding starfighters superior to Imperial standard issue.
In the film the X and Y-wings were described as snubfighters and the implication was that they weren't all that great. Shields were mentioned but nothing about hyperdrive. I think that made it into the canon from the RPG's. We only saw an X-Wing go FTL presumably in Empire. Then again, the Falcon without hyperdrive was able to make it to another star system unless we are to assume Bespin and Hoth orbit the same star.
The TIE fighter should have the advantage versus any Rebel fighter and the only Rebel advantage should be in chosing the time and place for ambush, achieving local superiority.