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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.

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  • This seems very plausible +1
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 23:59
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    Also, "The Eagle has landed"
    – Zommuter
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 8:52
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    Also Millennium is 1000, so 5 is the cut-down budget version...
    – Tim B
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 9:51
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    @Omegacron What did Zommuter do?
    – Yakk
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 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
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 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

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  • I like this answer. I'm not so sure about the Space 1999 reference, though.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 9:00
  • @Richard: Whereas I think it's just pathetic I know the transporters in Space 1999 were called Eagles. :-) Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 9:01
  • @Richard: You inspired me. :-) Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 9:08
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    I wish I had a second upvote
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 9:09
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    Nice answer, @T.J.Crowder.
    – Praxis
    Commented Jul 18, 2015 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
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 8:39
  • The eagle in the logo on the side of the ship looks very similar to this eagle, except it's holding green stacks of money instead of a tree branch. And the earth over the eagle's head is a circle with a '5' in it. i.imgur.com/YsOu0rY.png. The name could be inspired by 'Red 5', and the logo inspired by this. Commented May 19, 2023 at 18:04

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