- "It may not look like much, sir, but someday these babies will be the slowest, crappiest, most easily shot-down bombers in the galaxy."
- ―A proud clone pilot, about his new squadron of BTL-B Y-wings
Clone trooper pilots loved the Y-wings, because they had the strongest shields of any starfighter around at the time... which was required because they were Y-wings and couldn't steer or evade enemy fire. But back in the Clone Wars, most of the starfighters couldn't steer worth a crap unless there was a Jedi flying them anyway, so the shields were a definite plus. Anakin Skywalker once flew in a BTL-B... he also had Ahsoka Tano as his gunner and R2-D2 as his navigation/maintenance droid, and he still could barely maneuver.
The BTL-B configuration was sleek and stylish compared to the later generations of Y-wings, but the extra body panels served no useful purpose except presenting a larger target. Rebel pilots ripped off all the excess crap before flying them.