I love your work on Red 6! Very nice!
I am enjoying the discussion about starfighter battles. My day job is heavily involved with military flying, and one of my hobbies is military (specifically aviation) history. For the last several years, I've been trying to come up with a narrative that describes the Battle of Yavin that coincides with what we see on screen, and yet makes sense of the things that seem not to make sense.
I haven't been successful.
The main problem is that the script of ANH for the battle used a lot of dialogue directly ripped from the WW2 movies that Lucas enjoyed. During the editing process, any sense of order was sacrificed for a narrative which flowed on screen without getting wrapped up in details. The same can be said for the Battle of Endor in RotJ. I recently discovered a youtube video showing the performances of three female pilots (all of which were cut). It shows all three reciting the same lines; lines we heard other pilots say in the version of the movie we ended up with.
For better of worse, I think we are all stuck with our individual head canon
If anyone is interested, PM me or reply here and we can discuss how we think it SHOULD have been. I've got pages of completely unimportant supposition that I'm willing to share
I'd love to hear some theories