Millennium Falcon “千年隼号”
26.7 meters long
quad laser cannons, concussion missiles
Smuggling, Rebel Alliance
Corellian Engineering Corporation
A legendary starship despite its humble origins and deceptively dilapidated exterior, the Millennium Falcon has factored into some of the Rebel Alliance's greatest victories over the Empire. On the surface, the Falcon looks like any other Corellian freighter, with a saucer-shaped primary hull, a pair of forward cargo-gripping mandibles, and a cylindrical cockpit mounted to the ship's side.
Beneath its hull, though, the Falcon packs many powerful secrets. Its owners made "special modifications" on the freighter, boosting its speed, shielding and performance to downright illegal levels. Its weaponry has been upgraded to military-class quad laser turrets. To cover rapid escapes, the Falcon sports a ventrally mounted hatch-concealed antipersonnel repeating laser. Between its forward mandibles rest concussion missile launchers. The habitable interior of the vessel also has a few surprises, such as concealed scanner-proof smuggling compartments.
The Falcon pays a heavy price for its augmented performance, though. It is extremely recalcitrant and often unpredictable. Its reconditioned hyperdrive often fails. Its current captain, Han Solo, has even been seen to restart a failed ignition sequence with a hard rap on the bulkhead with his fist.
A vessel employed in the shady fringe business of smuggling, the Falcon was owned by Lando Calrissian before Solo won it in a heated sabacc game. Under Solo's command, the Falcon became a famous starship, completing the Kessel Run at unprecedented speeds. Solo and his first mate Chewbacca maintained the Falcon, constantly modifying and tinkering with it, coaxing the maximum speed from the ship.
This speed became quite useful as Solo and Chewbacca were drawn deeper into the Rebel cause, and the Falcon began flying missions for the Alliance. It was the Falcon that provided covering fire for Luke Skywalker's final attack run on the first Death Star. The Falcon became Princess Leia Organa's escape transport during the Battle of Hoth. During the decisive Battle of Endor, the Falcon flew point for the Alliance Fleet. Under Lando Calrissian's command, it soared into the heart of the incomplete Death Star, and delivered a missile volley that helped seal the Empire's fate.
The Falcon began life as a standard Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-1300 stock light freighter an unknown number of years ago. It eventually was won by gambler Lando Calrissian in a sabacc game. During Lando's first year of ownership, he had adventures in the Rafa system, the Oseon belt, and the Starcave of ThonBoka. It was Lando's idea to install hidden cargo sections under the Falcon's deck-plates. At this time the Falcon had a pair of smaller blasters located on the bow mandibles. Calrissian and his droid Vuffi Raa also increased the ship's shields. The Falcon gained one of her most significant battle scars, a huge tear near its entry ramp, when a Renatasian Confederation starfighter rammed her.
Solo continued the modifications that Calrissian began when the Falcon came under his ownership. Her armor, armament and speed have all been upgraded. The Falcon features duralloy plating over most of the vital areas of its hull. A set of advanced Kuat Drive Yards, Novaldex, and Nordoxicon shield generators stolen by Solo from the Myomar shipyards provide the Falcon with warship-grade shielding. A set of high-grade sensor suites are tied into the Falcon's dorsal rectenna sensor dish. Powerful sensor jammers also protect the Falcon in combat, although the first time the jammer was tested, it disrupted the information relays inside the ship.
To reduce his expenses, and maintain his privacy, Solo has modified the Falcon so that most of its major systems can be accessed through the cockpit or the tech station in the forward compartment. The myriad of ship control functions are funneled through what was once a Hanx-Wargel SuperFlow IV computer. It has since been modified with three droid brains, that causes the Falcon to have schizophrenic arguments with herself.
The Falcon's interior appears unkempt, and is littered with all sorts of mechanical gear. Its central hold has a lounge area with a holographic game table. The ship also has hidden cargo holds under its deckplates, and a cargo-jettison feature. The Falcon lacks a bacta tank, so it is equipped with a cryogenic hibernation capsule for emergency medical procedures, or for the transport of live cargo.
The Millennium Falcon was not always elliptical in shape. Its original design was much more rocket-like, with a symmetrical, somewhat cylindrical body leading up to the characteristic cockpit up front. During Star Wars' production, however, a similar design appeared in the television show "Space: 1999." Rather than appear as an imitator, George Lucas called for the original Falcon design to be retooled as the Rebel blockade runner.
The new Falcon design was instead based off of Lucas' favorite food. Lucas would later say that the Falcon was inspired by a hamburger, with the outrigger cockpit being an olive off to the side.