The history of the Millenniun Falcon (that hunk of junk)

Feb 4, 2021

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Facts about the Millenium Falcon

I don't care what anyone else says about the matter, Han Solo's ship the Millenium Falcon was the coolest hunk of junk there was in ALL the Star Wars movies, even Luke's awesome X-Wing. 

And that means I have questions about the vessel...

Questions of which I have also conveniently answered myself using the power of Google but let's be clear, the new Han Solo movie is probably going to change the canon immensely given a lot of the below is now considered part of the 'Legends' canon.

Who built the Falcon?

It was manufactured by the Corellian Engineering Corporation in 60 BBY.

How did Lando Calrissian come to own it?

The 'bat ship' fell into the hands of Lando Calrissian after a card game of Sabacc from a gambler called Cix Trouvee. As referred to in Empire Strikes Back, Calrissian went on to lose the ship in another game of Sabacc to Han Solo some years later.

How does the Falcon outrun Imperial fleets so often?

The most famous attribute of Millennium Falcon was her hyperdrive. The Falcon's customized Class 0.5 hyperdrive is twice as fast as Imperial warships.  

The hyperdrive system onboard the Falcon was twice the size of the hyperdrive in a standard YT-1300 freighter. 

Of course, when Han could not maneuver the ship to outrun the bad guys he would pretend to be dumped rubbish or fly through an asteroid field. 

How did Han and Chewbacca meet? Why is Chewie the co-pilot?

The short version is Han saved Chewie's life. Here's the full story of the rescue.

In the Solo movie, Han was thrown into the pit where The Beast was housed. As Chewie and Han fought, Han was able to convince Chewie to join him in a bid for freedom.

What is this Kessel run and parsecs business? Did George Lucas get something wrong?

A Parsec is a measurement of distance not time – so Han was simply making an idle boast to impress Obi-Wan and young Luke about the speed of the Millennium Falcon.

Or was he?

Tie-in books have explained that Han meant he cut down the distance commonly traveled on the Kessel run by flying close to Black Holes that no one else had dared to. If you look closely at Chewbacca in this scene, he does seem a bit skeptical about Han's claim, however!

George Lucas has explained that the remark meant that the Falcon's computer was so advanced that it was able to plot a shorter route through hyperspace than any other ship, and thus travel faster.

The Han Solo movie confirms that the 'cheat' Han did with his crew was to take a shorter distance. 

I heard the Falcon appears in The Revenge of the Sith as a cameo appearance. It this true?

At the beginning of one shot closing in on a docking bay on Coruscant, a YT-1300 freighter is seen flying in to dock. George Lucas has confirmed that it was the Millennium Falcon that was seen and not just some other YT-1300 freighter. 

Obviously, Han had not yet won the ship from Lando and another crew was flying her. 

Here are some more facts about the prequel films.

What does it mean when Han says to Chewie "Punch It!" in Empire?

It means 'step on the gas bro, shit's about to get heavy and we need to GTFO!!!' Han Solo also says 'push it' in the Solo film. There's plenty of movie quotes about the Falcon

What names has the Falcon has had prior to being the Falcon? 

  • Corell's Pride
  • Fickle Flyer
  • Meetyl's Misery
  • Stellar Envoy
  • Jackpot
  • Gone to Pieces

How did George Lucas give the Falcon its name?

A sweet theory is that Millennium Falcon's name was probably inspired by a combination of talking Falcon from The Maltese Falcon film and combining it in a roundabout way with The Eagle spaceship from Space 1999...

Here's some quotes characters in Star Wars have said about the Falcon itself.

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