The V-Wing Starfighter was a model of Starfighter employed by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars and by the Galactic Empire in its early days, prior to the introduction of the TIE Fighter. The crash of one on a planet in the Unknown Regions resulted in the Empire's discovery of the Chiss exile Thrawn, who caused another to crash during the Imperial survey of the planet and later rose to the rank of Grand Admiral