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The V-19 Torrent starfighter, also known as the V-19 Torrent Interceptor, was a model of starfighter manufactured by Slayn & Korpil.[1] They were used by the Republic Navy during the Clone Wars.[5]

HistoryEdit

V-19 fighters were deployed during the Battle of Teth, where Obi-Wan Kenobi arrived with reinforcements to help Anakin Skywalker. With his wing man Odd Ball, they led the squadron against the Separatist Vulture droids orbiting the castle.[5] They also compromised a proportion of Skywalker's fighter forces aboard his flagship, the Resolute during the Malevolence crisis. During the Battle of Quell, several V-19 fighters were deployed to defend Aayla Secura's crippled fleet from Vulture Droids while she was waiting for reinforcements led by Anakin Skywalker. Not long after that, V-19 fighters also saw action during the Battle of Ryloth, where Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano led a squadron against the Separatist blockade. However, they were caught in a trap and overwhelmed, resulting Tano's second-in-command Axe being killed by a Vulture droid. The squadron was forced to retreat, with only two V-19's left out of the 15 that took part in the engagement. Although they would later break through the blockade with the support of BTL-B Y-wing starfighters after Mar Tuuk's Droid Control Ship was destroyed by the Defender when the latter escaped in a escape pod. Later V-19's also participated during the Battle of Kamino where they defended Republic ships from Hyena-class bombers. They also participated in the Battle of Sullust. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, these fighters were used by planetary defense forces, including the Botajef Defense Force, which mounted a rebellion against the Empire.[7]

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Behind the scenesEdit

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V-19 in different angles.

LucasArts' Art Director Chris Williams and Concept Artist Greg Knight developed the design of the V-19 Torrent for the 2-D Clone Wars micro-series. They drew inspiration for the fighter's folding wings from the real-world F4U Corsair. Concept art of the Torrent for the 3-D Star Wars: The Clone Wars film was drawn up by Thang Le.

A LEGO version of the fighter (LEGO STAR WARS - 7674 V-19 Torrent) was released in 2008, and is also a playable vehicle in the non-canon video game LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.

On page 57 of the 2017 reference book Star Wars: On the Front Lines, it is incorrectly stated that the V-19 Torrent starfighters were deployed late into the Clone Wars,[4] though The Clone Wars film showed that they had been around since the first year of the conflict.[5]

The laser cannons are often called blasters.[2][1]

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