Date destroyed: 0 BBY, Yavin system
Manufacturer: Industrial Automaton
Product line: R-series
Model: R5 unit
Class: Astromech droid
Height: 97 centimeters
Sensor color: Black
Plating color: White and red
Astrogation 4D, Sensors 5D, Starfighter Piloting 3D, Starship Weapons 4D, Repulsorlift Operation 4D
Computer Programming/Repair 4D, Demolitions 3D, Space Transports Repair 4D, Starfighter Repair 5D
Three wheeled legs (one retractable)
Retractable heavy grasper arm (lifting skill at 2D)
Retractable fine work grasper arm
Small electric welder (1D to 5D damage, 0.3 metre range)
Small circular saw (4D damage, 0.3 metre range)
Force Sensitive: N
Force Points: 2
Dark Side Points: 0
Character Points: 3
Description: R5-D8 was an R5 series astromech droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton that served in the Alliance to Restore the Republic's Massassi Group during the Galactic Civil War. In 0 BBY, it flew with Rebel pilot Jek Porkins as Red Six during the Battle of Yavin. R5-D8 was destroyed during the battle when Porkins' X-wing starfighter was blown to pieces by enemy fire.
R5-D8 was the designation of an R5 unit that served in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War against the Galactic Empire. It was part of the rebel Massassi Group based in the Great Temple on the moon Yavin 4 and flew in a T-65B X-wing starfighter with Rebel pilot Jek Porkins as Red Six in Red Squadron.
In 0 BBY, the Empire's Death Star superweapon entered the Yavin system with the aim of destroying Yavin 4 and the rebels based there. R5-D8 and the rest of Red Squadron were part of the force mobilized to try and destroy the Death Star. During the battle they engaged the turbolaser turrets on the superweapon's surface in order to draw fire from the BTL-A4 Y-wing starfighters of Gold Squadron.
After R5-D8 and Porkins provided cover for fellow rebel Biggs Darklighter as he destroyed a deflection tower on the Death Star's surface, the pair's X-wing developed a mechanical fault that left Porkins struggling to maneuver. Before R5-D8 or Porkins could fix the problem, they both perished when their X-wing starfighter was destroyed by enemy fire. The rebels ultimately went on to destroy the Death Star and win the battle. Around thirty four years later, the astromech R2-D2, who had flown with Luke Skywalker as Red Five at Yavin, remembered R5-D8's sacrifice and told the Resistance astromech BB-8 about the droid.
R5-D8 was an R5 unit astromech droid with white colored plating detailed with red. Like all R5 units, it was manufactured by Industrial Automaton and stood ninety-seven centimeters tall.