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Per the Spaceballs wiki article on the subject

Eagle 5 is the 1986 Winnebago Chieftain 33 that Lone Starr and Barf travel in, using it as a flying spaceship (with space engines and wings attached)

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But why is it called the Eagle 5? Am I missing the joke somehow?

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Luke Skywalker had a call sign of "Red 5" when he flew a X-Wing in the Red Squadron, in the Battle of Yavin, to destroy the Death Star, in A New Hope.

Han Solo Piloted the "Millennium Falcon".

Lone Starr is a parody of both Luke and Han. Hence, "Eagle 5". It does play both the role of the Falcon and the X-Wing throughout the movie.

  • This seems very plausible +1 – Valorum Jul 16 '15 at 23:59
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    Also, "The Eagle has landed" – Zommuter Jul 17 '15 at 8:52
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    Also Millennium is 1000, so 5 is the cut-down budget version... – Tim B Jul 17 '15 at 9:51
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    @Omegacron What did Zommuter do? – Yakk Jul 17 '15 at 17:31
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    @Omegacron I'm guessing its a lot less though out parody than you think. The best jokes tend to be the simplest. SOLO becomes LONE, Skywalker was originally Starkiller. The Eagle is just another bird closely related to Falcons – user16696 Jul 17 '15 at 19:52
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I figured it was multifaceted, consisting of:

  1. Luke Skywalker being "Red 5" in the attack on the original Death Star in the first Star Wars film.

  2. "Eagles" from Space 1999, which were a transporter and the primary way people moved around in that show. Mel Brooks was "a dear, dear friend" of Barbara Bain and Martin Landau, who were the stars of that show, at the time they were in it (and presumably still is):

    "Let me tell you this story," continued Barbara. "The girls got used to seeing us on our television set. And Mel Brooks, who's a dear, dear friend of ours, invited us over with the children one night. He was on his television set. The girls actually grew up thinking that it was normal. We were on our television set, Mel was on his television set, then everyone must be on their own television."

  3. A joke about the Millenium Falcon (for those for whom English is not your native language: Falcons and Eagles are both birds, and in fact both are birds of prey).

Here's a WP picture of an Eagle:

Space 1999 Eagle Transporter

  • I like this answer. I'm not so sure about the Space 1999 reference, though. – Valorum Jul 18 '15 at 9:00
  • @Richard: Whereas I think it's just pathetic I know the transporters in Space 1999 were called Eagles. :-) – T.J. Crowder Jul 18 '15 at 9:01
  • @Richard: You inspired me. :-) – T.J. Crowder Jul 18 '15 at 9:08
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    I wish I had a second upvote – Valorum Jul 18 '15 at 9:09
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    Nice answer, @T.J.Crowder. – Praxis Jul 18 '15 at 14:45
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With all the "Star Wars" gags I would think it is a play on "Millennium Falcon" and the X-wing call signs Red 2, Gold leader, Red 6, etc but I have never seen or heard an actual explanation.

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I would think this is a reference to the lunar module "Eagle" on the Apollo 11 mission which was the first lunar landing. The Eagle has landed! enter image description here

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    Are there any sources that suggest this? – Edlothiad Feb 18 '18 at 8:39

protected by Edlothiad May 26 '18 at 4:02

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