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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 that this ...


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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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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 not comparable, even within the same universe. Also they are irrelevant, because speed is not really important. ...


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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 other ...


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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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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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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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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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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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There appears to be five elements to Han's plan that prevent the detection of the Falcon. The ship is shut down and not emitting any electromagnetic radiation that might give them away. Inside the Falcon’s cockpit all was quiet. Han Solo had stopped his ship and shut down all systems so quickly that even the customarily talkative See Threepio was silent. ...


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In episode 2, Obiwan throws a tracking device onto Slave 1 (as shown in this clip on youtube), enabling him to follow it to another system. So we have a Canon example of something that is small relative to the ship it is attached to being carried through hyperspace without the ship needing to be aware. To engage in a little bit of speculation (because I don'...


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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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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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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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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, black silence ...


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In Legends, it is clear that any object fixed to the side of a ship that jumps to hyperspace is carried along with it (potentially without that ship's knowledge). For instance, there are several examples in the X-Wing novel Wraith Squadron: The pocket carrier Night Caller ends up carrying a number of TIE fighters (which have no hyperdrives of their own) by ...


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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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There doesn't seem to be an answer in the movies themselves, since the Falcon is already undergoing repairs the very first time we see it in Episode V, and I can't find an answer anywhere else in canon. In Legends, the damage appears to have been sustained during the second mission of Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, in which Renegade Squadron (...


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