Aug 25, 2013

8 questions answered about the Millennium Falcon

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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. Which I have also conveniently answered myself using the power of Google:

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 out run 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 fully twice the size of the hyperdrive in a standard YT-1300 freighter. Of course, when Han could not manouvere the ship to out run 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 fully story of the rescue.

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 sceptical 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.

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 scene and not just some other YT-1300 freighter. Obviously Han had not yet won the ship from Lando and another crew was flying her.

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!

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 

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