Star Wars is one of the most iconic movies spanning multiple generations. The archetypes in the films and in the canon are wrought with intrigue and wonder. One of those wonders is the Millennium Falcon; Han Solo and Chewbacca’s smuggling ship that ultimately leads to the Empires short demise. Here are some really cool facts about the ship in the lore and off the screen.
The Millennium Falcon’s speed is insane
In the atmosphere, the Millennium Falcon could travel upwards of 1,00o kph. That is nearly Mach 1 or the speed of sound. Once in space, its modified hyperdrives could travel 3,000 G or make the “Kessel run in 12 parsecs.” To put that in perspective, it could travel 6.13 quadrillion miles per hour through space. That’s more than enough to outrun an imperial cruiser.
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Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, was so deeply inspired by the Star Wars series that he named his family of Space X rockets after the Millennium Falcon; The Falcon x rockets. His most successful has been the Falcon 9 rocket which is currently supplying the space station and launching satellites.
Next: Guess where that iconic Millenium Falcon sound comes from?
The good-old sound of the DC-9
Yes, that sound is nothing more than tracks of our earthly DC-9 engines that McDonnell Douglass produced in the early 80s. Well, at least two of them played just slightly out of sync, the gentle hum of a motion control rig at industrial light and sound, a dentists air jet, and water pipes. the sound of the engine is entirely unique and probably couldn’t actually be recreated by any mechanical engine in our time.
Next: You won’t believe how the ship was actually designed.
A delicious original design
The design was inspired by a partially eaten hamburger. After all, the Millenium Falcon’s design is incredibly unique compared to the other ships in the galaxy. Most of them have almost zero sense of aerodynamics and they really can’t compare to a ship that makes the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs (Double points for the second mention of the Kessel run!). Originally, the designers of the ship wanted something that was a little boxier than they had anticipated. It was also dangerously close to another British show that was airing at the time called Space 1999.
Next: Do you know how Solo got the Millennium Falcon?
Solo vs. Lando
Han Solo and Lando Calrissian were acquaintances long before his character was first introduced into the Star Wars movies. Han won the Millenium Falcon in a game of Sabacc from Lando.
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Chewie had his own upgrades
When Han won the Millennium Falcon, he made all sorts of upgrades. He improved the hyperdrives (yes, there are two), he improved the shield and the weapons. But his co-pilot, Chewbacca himself had to make it a true shaggy wagon (see what I did there?). Chewie was responsible for adding the Hologame Table.
Next: The Millennium Falcon was the inspiration for another ship just as iconic.
Did you know that the Firefly class ship known as Serenity was actually inspired by the Millennium Falcon? Joss Whedon partially credits his design of Serenity to the characteristics of the Millennium Falcon.
Next: Do you know how many owners the Falcon has had?
The Falcon’s multiple owners
The original owner is Lando Calrissian. Then Han won it from him in a game of Sabacc. Then Lando took it back while he was looking for Han and eventually gave it back to him. Then the ship was stolen from Han by Gannis Ducain, who had it stolen from him by the Irving Boys, who had it stolen by Unkar Plutt, who had it stolen by Rey, who then returned it to Han, before getting it gifted to her at the end of The Force Awakens (with Chewie still in the co-pilot seat).
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