The History of the Millennium Falcon (That Hunk of Junk)

No matter what anyone else says about the matter, Han Solo's ship the Millenium Falcon was the coolest hunk of junk there was in all of the Star Wars movies, even trumping Luke's awesome X-Wing in that regard. 

That means a lot of fans want to know more about the amazing vessel – and, fortunately, that information is readily available here, thanks to your good friends at Wealth of Geeks. Here is the complete history of the Millennium Falcon as we know it.

Who built the Millennium Falcon?

It was manufactured by the Corellian Engineering Corporation in 60 BBY.

How did Lando Calrissian come to own it?

The “bat ship” fell into the hands of Lando Calrissian, after a round of the card game sabacc, from a gambler called Cix Trouvee. As referred to in The Empire Strikes Back, Calrissian went on to lose the ship in another game of sabacc to Han Solo some years later.

How does the Falcon outrun Imperial fleets so often?

The most famous attribute of the Millennium Falcon was its hyperdrive. The Falcon's customized Class 0.5 hyperdrive is twice as fast as Imperial warships. The hyperdrive system onboard the Falcon was twice the size of the hyperdrive in a standard YT-1300 freighter. 

Of course, when Han could not maneuver the ship to outrun the bad guys, he would pretend to be dumped rubbish or fly through an asteroid field. 

How did Han and Chewbacca meet? Why is Chewie the co-pilot?

The short version is Han saved Chewie's life. In Solo: A Star Wars Story, Han was thrown into the pit where the beast was imprisoned. As Chewie and Han fought, Han was able to convince Chewie to join him in a bid for freedom (thanks to the fact he was one of the few able to understand Chewie's language).

What is this Kessel run and parsecs business? Did George Lucas get something wrong?

A Parsec is a measurement of distance not time, so Han was simply making an idle boast to impress Obi-Wan and young Luke about the speed of the Millennium Falcon. Or was he?

Tie-in books have explained that Han meant he cut down the distance commonly traveled on the Kessel run by flying close to black holes that no one else had dared to. If you look closely at Chewbacca in this scene, he does seem a bit skeptical about Han's claim, however.

George Lucas has explained that the remark meant that the Falcon's computer was so advanced that it was able to plot a shorter route through hyperspace than any other ship, and thus travel faster.

Solo: A Star Wars Story confirms that the “cheat” Han did with his crew was to take a shorter distance.

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I heard the Falcon appears in The Revenge of the Sith as a cameo appearance. It this true?

 At the beginning of a shot closing in on a docking bay on Coruscant, a YT-1300 freighter is seen flying in to dock. George Lucas has confirmed that it was the Millennium Falcon that was seen and not just some other YT-1300 freighter. 

Obviously, Han had not yet won the ship from Lando and another crew was flying it. 

Here are some more facts about the prequel films.

What does it mean when Han says to Chewie “Punch It!” in Empire?

It means “step on the gas bro, things are about to get heavy and we need to get the heck out of here!” Han Solo also says “push it” in Solo: A Star Wars Story. There are plenty of movie quotes about the Falcon.

What names has the Millennium Falcon had prior to being the Falcon? 

  • Corell's Pride.
  • Fickle Flyer.
  • Meetyl's Misery.
  • Stellar Envoy.
  • Jackpot.
  • Gone to Pieces.

How did George Lucas give the Falcon its name?

A sweet theory is that Millennium Falcon's name was probably inspired by a combination of the Falcon from The Maltese Falcon movie and combining it with the Eagle spaceship from Space: 1999.

Here are some quotes characters in Star Wars have said about the Falcon.

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