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Do the books ever specify whether or not another ship of this make exists? Or is it truly unique? Maybe a long time ago in a galaxy far far away manufacturers made single one-off units, but here that's kind of rare for something you'd assume to be pretty costly to build.

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In the X-Wing and Tie Fighter computer games other ships of that model existed, but I don't know if the specific make and model was ever mentioned in any of the novelizations. – Xantec Feb 1 at 21:16
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The Millennium Falcon is a modified cargo ship. – Axelrod Feb 1 at 21:27
    
Add a legends tag if you want EU answers, otherwise your best bet is the Visual Dictionary. – Axelrod Feb 1 at 21:28
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I seriously doubt that any "commodity" spaceship could be built as a one-off. You might be able to build a speeder if you have the parts, or build some frickin' huge space station if you have the budget, but a hyperspace-capable freighter built as one-off would simply be too expensive. – DevSolar Feb 2 at 9:30
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The Millenium Falcon is not unique; it was a model YT-1300f Corellian light freighter. This implies that there are other similar ships, including other variations on the YT-1300 model.

You can find a lot of information about the Millennium Falcon in a companion book, Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections. The model number also appears on-screen at least once: in Star Wars: Rebels episode "Fighter Flight" on a poster.

Note, however, that the Millenium Falcon has been highly customized; some of the custom work is mentioned in The Force Awakens. It's not clear just how much of the ship is stock and how much is custom.


If you're willing to go outside Canon into Legends, the model number of the ship, and other similar Corellian light freighters, can be seen in some of the video games, and there is an entire novel called Millennium Falcon that details its history. The ship was serial #YT-1300 492727ZED, one of many such vessels, but from the beginning the ship was shown to have some "quirks" to distinguish it from its counterparts.

In Legends, the ship was also destroyed and rebuilt from scratch at least once, so it's arguable as to whether it's still the same ship or not.

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By the time of TFA, my guess is that the Falcon would be lucky if any tiny part of it was factory original. – Codes with Hammer Feb 1 at 21:22
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According to SW Wikia the "YT-1300" model number was mentioned in Star Wars Rebels cartoon (which is considered canon) on a poster. – Chahk Feb 1 at 21:26
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A small technicality on implying that there are “similar YT1300a–e models”—that’s not necessarily true. The f could be for ‘freight(er)’, in which case there may have been a YT1300c (cargo) or a YT1300p (passenger), but not necessarily an alphabetical a–e series. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 2 at 4:03
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Time for a Ship of Theseus reference:) – Binary Worrier Feb 2 at 17:13
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@BinaryWorrier, I have done much think on this issue in regards to automobiles, and I have determined that the soul of the car (the piece that gives it its essence) is the windshield washer fluid reservoir. I'm not sure if the Falcon had one of these, but it might have :) – Daniel Feb 3 at 2:30

As has been mentioned, the Millenium Falcon is a highly modified YT-1300f freighter.

If you look carefully in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, you can see other ships of the same class:

YT-1300f freighters (Millenium Falcon type) in Star Wars prequels

Image source: 10 Hidden Details in Star Wars Movies, Screen Rant

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Worth noting that in the lower image, we're looking at the actual Millennium Falcon. – Wad Cheber Feb 1 at 23:23
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That's pretty neat. The top one especially because it suggests one of the mods was the cockpit sticking out the side. – Kai Qing Feb 1 at 23:29
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@WadCheber - thanks, forgot that bit... but still, three YT-1300s in the AotC scene there – HorusKol Feb 1 at 23:41
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@WadCheber That is also claimed in the image source, but how is that determined? – Zommuter Feb 2 at 8:37
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@Zommuter: I bowed out of this "official" thing long ago. For me personally, what I read in my WestEndGames Star Wars 2nd ed. RPG book will remain "canon" forever, and the prequels never happened. I'm happier that way. ;-) – DevSolar Feb 2 at 9:22

There is an official Millennium Falcon Haynes Manual. The first part of the book discusses all the models of the YT-1300 Corellian Freighter which are available for purchase and later on it goes into specifics about the actual Millennium Falcon and its modifications.

In the 4th picture on Amazon (shown below) you can see the level of detail which has been made for the book. It shows some of the many configurations in which you can get your very own freighter. Modified YT-1300 Corellian Freighter options

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Think of the Millennium Falcon like this:

enter image description here

There are lots of Nissan Skylines, but this is a highly modified one (within the "universe" of the Fast and the Furious films, as well as in the real world) and is therefore unique. There is only one Millennium Falcon. Only one. But it is a modified version of a pretty common freighter. Indeed, in the old Legends game Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire, you have "The Corellia Star":

enter image description here

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I like your analogy, but I think, more accurately, it's like imgur.com/ToF08jW – corsiKa Feb 1 at 22:23
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@corsiKa +1, but I think even more accurately, but at the expense of being less of an analogy, it is like i.stack.imgur.com/N01aT.jpg – Andrew Feb 1 at 22:28
    
lol. yeah i figured something like that. Some people like the virgin mobile guy build one off designs, so you never know. But I'd say even if there's only one millennium falcon by name, it's not any more unique than any base vehicle that's been modified. Someone made a bunch of them. Someone else converted one of them into a super ship then gave it a name. works for me – Kai Qing Feb 1 at 22:40
    
@corsiKa though you should see what's under the hood ;) – Wayne Werner Feb 2 at 16:03

To give a fully movie-canon answer, in The Force Awakens:

After Han informs Rey that they are on the Millennium Falcon we have the following line 1

REY: (surprised) This is the Millenium Falcon! This is the ship that did the Kessel Run in 14 parsecs!

Since Rey is an expert on salvage and ship models, and since she knows about the Kessel Run, we can reasonably infer that:

  1. She knows what a YT-1300 Correlian freighter looks like.
  2. She knows the Millenium Falcon was a YT-1300.

Yet she didn't suspect that the ship in the junkyard was the Millenium Falcon. Therefore, it must be that the Millennium Falcon is not unique.


1 I'm going from memory, if someone has the exact quote from the novelization, please update

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true true... that makes sense. Maybe she knows YT-1300 is an ancient model, like Al Bundy's Dodge in Married with Children. But hadn't considered this particular one was the famous falcon. Fine logic – Kai Qing Feb 3 at 18:03
    
14 was the incorrect figure, so Han promptly corrected her. – musicwithoutpaper Feb 4 at 22:22
    
@musicwithoutpaper: Yes, and... – ThePopMachine Feb 4 at 23:22
    
Sorry, but it is a fallacy to draw those two inferences from that line. If would be far more reasonable to infer that she had no clue what the Millennium Falcon looked like, much less that it was a YT-1300, or that she knew the ship she was in was a YT-1300. Most people will recognize a school bus as a bus, but couldn't tell you what make/model it might be. Or someone could have heard of the Thrust2 setting the land speed record in 1983, but it doesn't mean they have any idea how it looks or could pick it out if it were at a car show or junk yard. – YLearn Feb 5 at 2:29
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@Zaibis: Um.... have you really never been exposed to the debate over parsec before??! See – ThePopMachine Feb 5 at 15:33

In Star Wars, Han says 3 things that hint at its modifications:

  1. It has better-than-expected sublight and lightspeed engines than one would expect out of that kind of freighter. ("She's got it where it counts, kid.")

  2. It has a lightspeed engine that can shorten distances next to gravity wells ("It made the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs"). In the novels, this is taken to mean that a better lightspeed engine can go closer to stars and take shorter paths than would be possible with a lesser engine. Very useful for getting away from Imperial Star Destroyers.

  3. It has hidden cargo bays that apparently are VERY good at fooling scanners. ("I use them for smuggling. I never thought I'd be smuggling myself in 'em.")

It's not clear if he won it that way or modified it himself. But all this implies that it's a standard cargo ship that has been specially modified for smuggling.

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Hi, welcome to SF&F! This doesn't answer the question directly and seems more like a comment on someone else's post. However, this could be expanded to maybe answer the question. As it stands, your answer might be flagged for removal. – kjw Feb 2 at 23:42
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While we are at the topic: Is it ever explained why the Millenium Falcon is such a great combat ship? It’s a light freighter but still easily dealing with Tie-Fighters. – Michael Feb 3 at 18:45
    
To be fair, the scanners hadn't actually been used yet when Han proclaimed "I use [the hidden cargo bays] for smuggling," so we don't really know if they fool the scanners or not. – Robert Harvey Feb 3 at 22:11
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Don't forget "I've made a lot of special modifications myself." – Russell Borogove Feb 3 at 23:23

I hope I am doing this correctly, to point to an existing question-and-answer. Not literally a duplicate, but in effect the substance has been covered.

The sense of this question was addressed in the discussion of another that was answered at 'What is the Millennium Falcon’s hull and structure made of?'. It involves the Haynes Manual, as has been mentioned here.

The essence is that the Falcon is no more a one-off in production terms than any other YT-1300, in the sense that multiple design options were so flexible to start with that the term doesn't really apply. All of the YT-1300s were sort-of one-offs, therefore, but this particular one seems to have become even-more-unique (tm) over time since manufacture.

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That is a fine question indeed, but I wouldn't say you could derive a duplicate from it even if the substance is covered somewhere in there. I posted this question because I couldn't find it in basic searches on this site. Felt it should be covered. – Kai Qing Feb 3 at 16:09
    
Fine, as far as I'm concerned. I'm not competing, just drawing attention to something that made this seem suddenly rather familiar. I hope that my earlier efforts might help. – Captain Cranium Feb 3 at 18:30
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@CaptainCranium: just because an answer to another question mentions, in passing, a tidbit that could -- if you squint and tilt your head just right -- be taken as an answer to this question does NOT mean that the questions are duplicates. Two questions are duplicates if and only if they're asking the same thing; answers can't change this. – Martha Apr 12 at 23:04
    
@Martha You seem not completely to have read or understood what I wrote: I carefully made sure of not proclaiming a duplicate. That was the point of indicating a lot of nearby information that was relevant, without criticising OP for not having read the entire world before asking. Still, thanks for the joke about 'in passing, a tidbit', when the entire detailed answer to a different question bears helpfully on this one. – Captain Cranium Apr 13 at 13:57

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