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What has always 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 get few cubic meters of storage in there (and I ave looked at the models and schematics) and remain unconvinced that it would make a viable freighter. Or did it pull or push cargo units sort as a tractor unit pulls its trailer in an articulated lorry? After all the falcon looks like the plate on the tractor the trailer sits on...

Very puzzled and struggling to suspend my disbelief any longer!

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Quality vs. Quantity of freight ? maybe "spice" was very profitable cargo! –  Max Feb 23 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 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 –  Richard Feb 23 at 15:43
    
@KevinColyer - IF you have it in "cargo" configuration, it has bolt-on pods that sit above the saucer... –  Richard Feb 23 at 17:51
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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 at 22:46
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@WOPR - I was using sand as an example of a typical heavy freight item. –  Richard Feb 24 at 7:35
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