I would love to spend some time in the cockpit of an X-Wing...Still the most awesome Star Wars fighter, even with all the new TIE-Defender crap and such (even though the Defenders are cool).
Actually, for a space fighter, I'd like a Starfury. Earthforce is awesome!
Someone earlier this thread mentioned Drake's RCN. I agree, but I'd rather command a tank from his Hammer's Slammers series. Those things are just AMAZING--ground-effect hover vehicles, massive armor, AUTOMATED tribarrels that can shoot down ARTILLERY SHELLS WITHOUT THE CREW HAVING TO DO ANYTHING, and a two-freaking-hundred
millimeter powergun as the main cannon. You can have all the combat cars in the regiment, give me a platoon of tanks and I'll be a happy man
The Imperial TIE fighter was meant as a short-range, fast fighter to operate with the heavy battlegroups (therefore no hyperdrive). The Star Destroyer was supposed to be the main combat force, and the TIEs were only an auxiliary arm. The rebel fighters, on the other hand, were fully capable of independent, long-range operations, and often (Yavin) had to attack high-value targets without any capital ship support whatsoever. (They may have had some, but not much. It's been a while since I saw the movies.) That, combined with the massive industrial base of the Empire, means the TIEs could afford to suck. (Oh look, an entire squadron (12) was just wiped out by two X-Wings. Ah well, in the time it took to lose them, an entire wing (72) was built in the factories.)