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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 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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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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Besides the plot armor and the things o.m. has mentioned I see a problem with the ship's crew. The Rebel Alliance is a small group of people. You will need at least a crew of four to use the Falcon's potential (pilot, co-pilot, two gunners). And this is the absolute minimum for an average (not hero-like crew). Furthermore, the Falcon needs more maintenance, ...


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I would call into question the wisdom of using the Falcon as a combat ship at all. As a light freighter modified by a smuggler, its primary purpose is to transport illegal goods past security - withstanding scrutiny from inspection crews; and outrunning, outmanoeuvring, or hiding from actively hostile ships and ground troops. For this purpose, not only will ...


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Beggars can't be choosers, and the same goes for slaves The homeworld of the Wookies, Kashyyyk, is a planet primarily filled with giant Wroshyr jungle. Their society is high within these trees, and it's reasonable to assume that their perceived domain doesn't extend hundreds of meters down to the floor. This suggests their sanitary needs were probably ...


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The Rebels had very few credits and many (but untrained or barely-trained) members. In a traditional military, when a general is given those pros/cons, she spends the asset she has: lives. The Falcon is just too tricked-out and expensive to have a fleet of them. You might ask, why not just send a bunch of unmodded freighters in suicide attacks, then? Two ...


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There are several issues that surround the army use of the YT-1300(p) Corellian Freighter like the Millennium Falcon (MF), many of which have already been mentioned, but I'd like to examplify a few more. This answer will focus mainly on canon, since that's what the movies rely on too. The Millennium Falcon is, like many YT-1300 Freighters, a personally ...


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Economics, but not just due to cost. Think about it: it's been established that a tricked Falcon would cost much more than a tie fighter. Due to the economics of scaling, if the Empire (lets, be honest, the Rebels probably couldn't afford it period) built a bunch of them, costs would come down, but as costs decreased, you'd also get less effective ships (...


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