Let’s take a look at the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the only ship to make the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs, the Millennium Falcon.
When it comes to starships in the galaxy, none is more infamous than the Millennium Falcon. Capable of outrunning Imperial starships–and not the local bulk cruisers, mind you, but the big Corellian ships, this YT-1300f light freighter is one of the most heavily modified ships in the galaxy. Today we’re going to take a look at the Millennium Falcon.
It’s disingenuous to say that the Millennium Falcon is a YT-1300f light freighter; the outer hull may resemble the convex saucer and front-facing mandible design of the Corellian freighter, including the outrigger style cockpit, but the Millennium Falcon is practically a different ship under the hood. Beneath its chassis, the Falcon has very little of the original parts, starting with the Girodyne SRB42 sublight engines, which have been heavily modified through the addition of a SLAM overdrive system, which allowed the Falcon to pull off deceptively fast bursts of space.
This meant that the Falcon could attain top speeds of 1,200 kph in atmosphere and 3,000 G in space. And speaking of speed, the Falcon’s stock hyperdrive was replaced with a heavily customized Isu-Sim SSP05 Hyperdrive. It had been jury-rigged to operate at even higher speeds. Deemed a “class 0.5 hyperdrive” meaning it would go twice as fast as most of the warships in the Galactic Empire, the Millennium Falcon traded in reliability for potential, and was given to frequent failures.
When it comes to weaponry, the Falcon continues the tradition of bearing resemblance to a freighter in name only. Armed with two CEC AG-2G quad laser cannons, custom-fitted with enhancements to give them extended range and firepower over the stock models, as well as two Arakyd ST2 concussion missile tubes, and a BlasTech Ax-108 “Ground Buzzer” blaster cannon meant the ship could take on much heavier ships.
And it could take a punch too–Duralloy plates meant for an Imperial cruiser gave the Falcon capital ship-class hull armor, and before worrying about punching through that, attacking ships would have to bypass three deflector shield generators.
The Millennium Falcon has played an important role in many galactic events over the years. Originally called the Stellar Envoy, and renamed after the original ship was damaged in a collision, the Falcon was given its name by Lando Calrissian, who won the Falcon in a game of Sabacc. Calrissian repurposed the ship to be uilt for speed, but when Han Solo took command of it, it became a smuggler’s delight. There are countless sensor-proof smuggling compartments built aboard, which came in handy during the Galactic Civil War.
Throughout the conflict between the Empire and the Republic, the Millennium Falcon played a significant role, rescuing Princess Leia Organa from imprisonment on the first Death Star, helping evacuate the planet Hoth, as well as leading the charge against the second Death Star. Truly no ship is as infamous as the Millennium Falcon.
Who was the best pilot of the Falcon?