Did she come with Luke? Isn't the X-wing only built for one?

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    No time to look it up, but in a deleted scene they show after the rescue that the X-Wing and he Millenium Falcon where both parked in the desert. So I think she arrived with the Falcon.
    – Hothie
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 14:34
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    Yes, i know that scene, but in the movie C-3PO said: " Lando Calrissian and poor Chewbacca never returned from this awful place". This make me think that Leia and C-3PO didn't came in the Falcon. Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 15:59
  • @GustavoSanchez Sounds like a plot hole to me. Unless, Lando, Chewie and Leia all went off somewhere else to do the stuff for their plan and only Leia came back to the Luke & Droids camp. Lando went to Jabba's Palace, then Leia came back (to somewhere) to pick up Chewie and execute their part of the plan. So, I think all came on the Falcon. Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 18:41
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    @JesseC.Slicer, this is not even remotely a plot hole. Just because they all leave there with the Falcon (safe Luke) does not imply they all came there together. She could have hired another ship. It's not spelled out in the movie 'cos it simply does not matter for the story.
    – Ghanima
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 20:07
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    @Ghanima I never said they did. I'm just trying for an explanation that sticks with with limited limited information. The "plot hole" is talking about Lando and Chewie not returning from this awful place. It's been established 3PO is talking about Jabba's Palace. But Chewie ain't there yet. Lando 1st, Droids 2nd, Leia/Chewie 3rd, Luke 4th. Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 20:29

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Presumably, she arrived in the Millenium Falcon, which is how she leaves Tatooine with the rest of the group.

From the script


The desolate yellow planet fills the screen, Luke's X-wing appears and peels off to the left. A moment later, the FALCON appears as a dot and grows huge, to roar directly over the CAMERA.


Luke is at the controls, with Artoo attached behind him outside the canopy. Luke speaks into his comlink to the others, in the MILLENNIUM FALCON.

The deleted Sandstorm scene at roughly 2:50 into this video shows the Falcon parked somewhere on Tatooine, so we know they didn't shuttle up to the ship elsewhere.

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    There is the disconnect between Empire and Jedi. At the end of V Lando and Chewie depart in the Falcon. But Lando is already in Jabba's Palace, whereas Chewie arrived with Leia. I know there are books that covered the interregnum, but it's easy to get confused about exactly what happened. Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 15:42
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    Ok, but in the movie C-3PO said: " Lando Calrissian and poor Chewbacca never returned from this awful place". This make me think that Leia and C-3PO didn't come in the Falcon. Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 15:57
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    He's referring to Jabba's Palace, not Tatooine. They all come to Tatooine together, Lando infiltrates while the others hang out at the cantina and spa, and then phase 2 of the plan begins when the droids go to Jabba's.
    – phantom42
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 16:00
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    @MarkRogers The hole way? O.O awkward indeed. Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 17:25
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    @ToddWilcox Leia had already declared her love for Han, even though she was feeling it right from the beginning of EV - she only kissed Luke to make Han jealous. What is unfortunate is Luke's reaction. What's funny is R2D2's reaction since he knows who they both are....
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 19:33

According to original Lucas notes, they arrived on a Falcon.

Perhaps the earliest outline for Jedi, written on a single page, has the droids landing on Tatooine and looking for Luke and Leia in a spaceport, but finding no one. A sentence reads, “Angry landlord takes Falcon?” The droids find them at an inn, where Luke and Leia have to decide between the rebellion and saving Han, which creates a “time lock”—that is, a device to create suspense in the film, a due date (The Making of ROTJ, by J.W. Rinzler)

The fact that Luke and Leia arrived together kept into further drafts (but doesn't specify it was on Falcon):


Commander Skywalker and Princess Leia have made their way to the Tatooine system in an attempt to rescue their friend Han Solo from the clutches of the vile gangster, Jabba the Hutt.

I wasn't able to find anything useful in either original, OR new Disney Junior, novelizations.

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