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Something that has puzzled me since I saw the original film in the cinema was in what way would the Falcon be used as a freighter? It is described as such, but where would the freight go?

You could only get a few cubic meters of storage in there. I have looked at the models and schematics and remain unconvinced that it would make a viable freighter.

Alternatively, did it pull or push cargo units similar to how a tractor unit pulls its trailer in an articulated lorry?

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Quality vs. Quantity of freight ? maybe "spice" was very profitable cargo! – Max Feb 23 '14 at 12:52
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According to the excellent (albeit not especially canon) "Millenium Falcon Haynes Workshop Owner's Manual", the unmodified Millenium Falcon YT-1300 Corellian Light Freighter can hold approximately 25 Metric Tons of cargo in its primary (and two secondary) holds.

YT-1300 Freighter

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In full cargo-lifter configuration, it can be modified with additional pods and engines allowing over 100 Metric Tons to be carried safely.

For the record, this is what 25 tonnes of sand looks like; enter image description here

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Great answer. My concern is where you put that volume. What're is there space for even 25m2 or even 100 m2. – KevinColyer Feb 23 '14 at 13:08
@KevinColyer - The main hold appears to be at least 8m X 20M. The secondary holds appear to be at least 6m x 6m (each). That kind of space could easily accommodate 25 tons of boxed cargo – Valorum Feb 23 '14 at 15:43
@KevinColyer - IF you have it in "cargo" configuration, it has bolt-on pods that sit above the saucer... – Valorum Feb 23 '14 at 17:51
square (or cubic for volume) metreage is not the same as tonnage - you could have small, dense cargo that occupies a small volume. – HorusKol Feb 23 '14 at 22:46
@WOPR - I was using sand as an example of a typical heavy freight item. – Valorum Feb 24 '14 at 7:35

It was a tug. It would latch on to external containers in addition to internal storage. Its cargo was limitless. That's what the front mandibles are for.

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can you provide proofs? – Schullz May 20 at 12:57
I have seen it in an answer about the Falcon cockpit position, though it comes from a TFA-related book, and it could be seen as somewhat of a retconning. – lfurini May 20 at 15:54

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