Millennium Falcon

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Han Solo acquired the ''Millennium Falcon'' from [[Lando Calrissian]] in a high-stakes sabacc game.  Some versions of the story note that at the time Lando owned a used starship lot and had specifically bet "any ship on [his] lot".  Han cunningly claimed Lando's own heavily souped-up custom job of a YT-1300 which had been carelessly left with the other ships.  The ''Falcon'' itself was a chop job from the start--having been cobbled together from two scrapped ships in a Nar Shaddaa junkyard.  Since it had been pieced back together, more than one previous owner had worked on improving the design to match some vision of perfection.  As a result, any given component on the ship was unlikely to be joined to components made by the same manufacturer.  Under Han, speed became the ship's ''raison d'etre''.  Solo pushed the ship to its limit and beyond, going so far as to equip his ship with specialized devices to streamline it while it was in a tachyonic state.
 
Han Solo acquired the ''Millennium Falcon'' from [[Lando Calrissian]] in a high-stakes sabacc game.  Some versions of the story note that at the time Lando owned a used starship lot and had specifically bet "any ship on [his] lot".  Han cunningly claimed Lando's own heavily souped-up custom job of a YT-1300 which had been carelessly left with the other ships.  The ''Falcon'' itself was a chop job from the start--having been cobbled together from two scrapped ships in a Nar Shaddaa junkyard.  Since it had been pieced back together, more than one previous owner had worked on improving the design to match some vision of perfection.  As a result, any given component on the ship was unlikely to be joined to components made by the same manufacturer.  Under Han, speed became the ship's ''raison d'etre''.  Solo pushed the ship to its limit and beyond, going so far as to equip his ship with specialized devices to streamline it while it was in a tachyonic state.
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==Specifications==
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The ''Falcon'' is armed with quad-mounted heavy [[blaster]]s on both the dorsal and ventral sides, and it has a [[concussion missile]] launcher in the bow. The ship has deflector [[shield]]s that can be angled to maximize their effectiveness. In addition to it's ship-to-ship weapons, the freighter has a repeating blaster that can be used against people trying to storm the ship on the ground.<ref>[[TESB]]</ref>
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The ''Falcon'' is fast and maneuverable enough in normal space to "dog fight" with dedicated [[starfighter]]s, but it's most impressive feature is its hyperdrive, which makes it "the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy".
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Other features of the ship include smuggling compartments that are shielded against casual [[sensor]] scans and an unspecified number of [[escape pod]]s.
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==Expanded Universe==
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The ''Millennium Falcon'' first appears in episode IV as an old [[Obi-Wan Kenobi|Obi-Wan]] and [[Luke Skywalker|Luke]] walk into its hangar, followed shortly by a [[Stormtrooper]] squad. Going by timeline, you can see the ''Falcon'' in episode 3: there is a scene that shows the [[Galactic Senate|Senate]] building dotted by spacecraft, and you can see the ''Falcon'' landing. It is the ''Falcon'', just under a different name at that time.  The name she had then was ''Stellar Envoy''.  At that point she was a stock light freighter and hadn't been extensively modified, yet.  Her purpose there was to receive instructions and a device from a group of ''Jedi''. This is all explored in the new book -- ''Millennium Falcon'' -- in which the ''Falcon's'' past is traced. StarWars.com had an article on it for a while, confirming the rumors.
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==Notes==
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