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So, why exactly did the rebels let Luke take an X-Wing up to fight the Imperials in the first place? All they had to go on was Biggs "Pornstache" Darklighter's good word (in a scene absent from the original cut of the film, no less, and only in reference to his abilities as a crop-dusting bush pilot) and Luke's own bold statement of "not being such a bad pilot himself". The rebels said "Okay", gave him a flight suit, sat his ass in an airframe he had no prior experience with and said "Alright, go blow up the Death Star".
Sure, it worked out, but it was an enormous crapshoot.