The D-Wing Space Superiority Fighter, nicknamed Phoenix, was designed by Elhon Tay of Tay Industries to be a break from the traditional design of most Imperial starfighters due to the fact that many in the Empire had found flaws with the standard TIE/LN starfighters.
The D-wing was a large fighter, coming in at nineteen meters, and was operated by both a pilot and a gunner rather than simply by one individual. The fighter contained a Class 2 hyperdrive as well as concussion missiles, which made construction expensive but also meant that it would be a dangerous complement to a swarm of TIE fighters.
While the rear gunner's primary role was to man the rear-firing bi-cannon as well as the other weapons, he or she was also able to take complete control of the craft if the pilot was killed or incapacitated. The pilot could also man all the weapons on the craft, which meant that the rear gunner could be replaced by a passenger if it was called for.
The weapon systems on the Phoenix were designed to be interchangeable so that their function could fit any role the craft was thrown into. The standard configuration left room for additional weapons or sensor equipment on the craft. The advanced materials used to create the D-wing made it a very rugged craft, capable of both taking and dealing a large amount of damage.
Tay Industries designed a single prototype of the craft to be shown on the seventh day of the Cynestra Space Craft Show (CSCS) above the planet Cynestra during the Galactic Civil War. Elhon Tay knew that he would never be able to sell his craft to the Empire without first proving its worth, and so also set up some dealings with independent escort companies and planetary defense forces that he knew would see plenty of action. Although this would originally mean a loss for Tay Industries, Elhon was so sure of his fighter that he knew the Imperial Navy would not be able to ignore his expensive advertising. Other starfighter producers, such as Sienar Fleet Systems, were not happy to let any souped-up fashion corporation get the better of them, so they sent agents to sabotage the prototype fighter before it could be unveiled.
Rogan B.B. Cham, a HoloNet News reporter and secret Rebel spy, planned to attend the CSCS, so he learned that a new and powerful starfighter would be revealed at the show. He got in touch with his contacts in the Rebel Alliance, who soon arranged for Captain Reeves to meet with a group of Rebels on Yukka. The group then met up with Cham, who transported them to the CSCS in his ship, The Doobage, and unloaded them as cargo.
The group was tasked with either capturing or destroying the prototype starfighter but was not given a clear plan of how to do either, and so had to improvise. This caused some problems when Grand Moff Torith, who had also expressed interest in the starfighter, turned up. Elhon Tay aimed to impress Torith with his fighter so that he would take it into his fight against the Rebellion, and the Rebel agents in turn wished to eliminate the Grand Moff for all the hardships he had caused the growing Rebellion.
The Rebel agents, managing to avoid being found out for the full seven days, were able to both kill Grand Moff Torith and steal the prototype starfighter. It is unknown whether Tay Industries produced any more of the fighters, but as Elhon Tay favored neither the Rebellion nor the Empire, it is possible that he went on to produce the craft for the Rebellion after they stopped the Empire from acquiring the prototype.
- Valkyrie 1 (First mentioned)