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The Falcon is an old ship. According to EU/Legends, it was built 60 BBY. While the pace of innovation may be debatable, most people wouldn't consider an average freight truck from 1955 to be anything but a piece of junk in 2015. The Falcon is a cargo hauler. YT-1300 is well known model. Imagine if you were to make a daring escape, and someone proposes to ...


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The Millennium Falcon is (approximately) 58,000 times faster than the USS Enterprise-D. The (Galaxy Class) Enterprise-D's top speed is stated to be Warp 9.8. DATA: Projection, sir. We may be able to match the hostile's nine point eight, sir. But at extreme risk. TNG: Encounter at Farpoint This handy reckoner from the TNG Technical Manual shows us ...


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Just a moment after Luke's “What a piece of junk!” line we see a prime example of why it looks so junky: 52:21 in Star Wars (Harmy's Despecialized Edition) A big 'ol blast mark, right next to the boarding ramp.  It looks deeper than “carbon scoring”— there appears to be exposed mechanical elements peeking through.  If that doesn't make you feel completely ...


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Although it's a bit circular, the reason why everyone thinks it's a hunk of junk is because it looks really really crappy. Luke's first impressions of the ship are quite instructive: That battered ellipsoid which could only loosely be labeled a ship appeared to have been pieced together out of old hull fragments and components discarded as unusable by ...


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There are numerous examples of this very thing happening in real life. For example: modified cars. There is a guy in UK who has modified his Vauxhall Victor into a 3000HP beast that does 1-100km/h in 1 second. It still looks reasonably similar to the original, it still carries the same registration papers, so people are still calling it "Vauxhall Victor". ...


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The Millenium Falcon is not unique; it was a model YT-1300f Corellian light freighter. This implies that there are other similar ships, including other variations on the YT-1300 model. You can find a lot of information about the Millennium Falcon in a companion book, Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections. The model number also appears on-...


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As has been mentioned, the Millenium Falcon is a highly modified YT-1300f freighter. If you look carefully in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, you can see other ships of the same class: Image source: 10 Hidden Details in Star Wars Movies, Screen Rant


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Pictures explain it best. Behold Queen Amidala's ship which looks to have been modeled on the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Behold Millennium Falcon, which at least apocryphally is based on a hamburger with a pickle on the side. Placed side-by-side Falcon looks like it is still under construction, despite the image of Amidala's ship being from 20+ years prior....


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They travel at the same speed: 1.0 SOP, which is not comparable All star ships in all science fiction are always traveling at The Speed Of Plot. This may sound snarky but the comment is serious; it is meant to point out that the numbers are irrelevant and usually not comparable, even within the same universe. Transportation in a story is either an ...


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The comments note the the effect of plot armor for heroes. Star Wars is many things, not least a fairy tale. Damsel in distress, young hero becomes a knight, and so on. Let's ignore this aspect because it means breaking the fourth wall. Within the universe, consider this: Han is an exceptional pilot. Who knows how effective he would have been with a real ...


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TL;DR: People think the Millennium Falcon is a piece of junk because... well, because the Millennium Falcon is a piece of junk. Update: Disney Canon: The terrible Aftermath canon novel series sheds some light on this. Norra Wexley was a rebel pilot, and escorted the Millennium Falcon into - and out of - the second Death Star during the Battle of Endor. ...


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In Universe: Those who have played the Star Wars Flight Sims (X-Wing, Tie-Fighter) are very familiar with the concept. Most fighters turn left/right much slower then they can pull up/down. As a result it was easiest to chase a fast target by positioning the target above the cockpit using z rotation. This way you get maximum maneuverability and maximum ...


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I have two reasons that work not only within the Star Wars universe, but our own as well: Visibility. When driving any vehicle, it's important for the driver to watch the line of motion to make sure that there aren't obstacles in the path. As the control panel takes up most of the forward display, banking around a turn gives significantly better visibility ...


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There is an official Millennium Falcon Haynes Manual. The first part of the book discusses all the models of the YT-1300 Corellian Freighter which are available for purchase and later on it goes into specifics about the actual Millennium Falcon and its modifications. In the 4th picture on Amazon (shown below) you can see the level of detail which has been ...


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According to wookieepedia's Millennium Falcon article (check the technical specifications table on the right) It was retconned by adding a backup class 10 Hyperdrive, which is extraordinarily slow, to the technical specifications of the Millennium Falcon. the source of this information is Dark Force Rising Sourcebook, a supplement to Star Wars: The ...


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I think a better analogy would be that of the "moonshine runner" during prohibition in the U.S. Illegal booze would be smuggled in old vehicles modded for superior performance ("souped up jalopies" in the parlance of the time). They wouldn't waste any money on the body because it would reduce profits, plus the poor appearance acted as camouflage and reduced ...


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Per an image DVK posted in another answer of his, the Falcon "sleeps 7". (There are two rooms with triple bunks in them, and there's an additional bunk next to the lounge seat.) However, we all know that a tent that "sleeps N" will only fit N - x actual human adults, where x is between 2 and N-1. The same seems to be true of the Falcon, because -- as the ...


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If I recall correctly, almost all of Darth Maul's ship was dedicated to the cloaking device, leaving a very small habitable space. (This was in the DK Star Wars Episode I: The Visual Dictionary, which I read many years ago.) In other words, it's not that the Falcon was too small to be cloaked, it's that the ship wasn't large enough to contain a (very large) ...


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Lucas, when making the original Star Wars series, used combat footage from WWII air combat as the basis from which they derived all the space battles between small ships. They knew full well that such movement as banking was not necessary in a space battle. But at the time that Star Wars was made, the science fiction genre was still in it's infancy as far ...


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The Falcon is powerful because it is unique. A real world example is in World War 2 the British Royal Navy still flew obsolete swordfish bombers. These were very slow and still had fabric wings. They were very capable aircraft simply because of this, the German anti-aircraft guns did not have sights with a low enough speed to target one and explosive rounds ...


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This answer comes late, but you've touched a nerve here. We know the Millenium Falcon is fast, that "she's got it where it counts". And we see it in context keeping up with military-grade fighters. We also know it's a smuggler's light freighter. That often leads to a mental picture of something like this: But I think we often miss lines like "What a hunk a ...


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I'm going to go for #3 answer. It wasn't Chewie or Rey. Doesn't matter who was a pilot or co-pilot. Upon Han's death as owner, the ownership, by any sensible legal standards[1], [2], [3], passes NOT to Chewie (who is merely a First Mate, a hired/crew position[4] - and was never in any canon indicated to have been part-owner); but to the estate inheritance ...


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According to the book "Incredible Cross-Sections of Star Wars: The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft", the mandibles hold various sensors and an anti-concussion field generator. Three is also the freight barge clamp so the YT-1300 can act like a barge or tugboat and push around large cargo. Also on the port mandible there is the shield ...


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They're right in the images you posted. The turrets are labeled as "gun well" in the schematics. They are on the top and bottom of the Falcon. Zooming in on the profile shots, you can see both turrets.


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It's not nearly as bad as you'd think. Looking at it from the correct angle, you can see that the cockpit windows are above the mandibles. I went to Disney's Launch Bay, where they have an official replica of the Falcon, took photos, and highlighted the cockpit windows versus the top of the Falcon. As you can see, the cockpit could be better situated, but ...


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The ship went into hyperspace. With the tracking beacon deactivated, Vader and Piett simply had no means of following them. “We did it!” Lando yelled triumphantly. The Millennium Falcon had shot victoriously into hyperdrive. Darth Vader stood silently. He gazed at the black void where, a moment before, the Millennium Falcon had been. His deep, ...


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Based on the Falcon's schematics, it would be between 2 and 6 depending on mission profile: Can't be more than 6. Falcon's schematics show two 3-bunk rooms. And more importantly, only one head. Can't be less than 2. The Force Awakens clearly shows (especially novelization text) that 1 person simply can't operate the Falcon - you can't even reach the ...


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Yes, this is indeed a lego "in-joke". The red lego mug been used in over 340 sets since the 1980s. This includes the A-Wing Fighter and Ackbar's Cruiser sets. The cups even made an appearance in the Lego Movie.


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