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Meet the Star Wars fleet

They may look like pieces of junk, but these spaceships are movie icons. Familiarize yourself with the Star Wars fleet as the latest sequel hits the screens.

Millennium Falcon

Special characteristics: The Millennium Falcon is said to be the fastest ship in the galaxy. It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 ­parsecs! Originally a YT-1300 light freighter, the ship has been modified and tinkered with by many of its owners, including Lando Calrissian, a gambler and smuggler, who lost it to Han Solo, also a smuggler and gambler (turned famous rebel) in a game of “Sabacc.”  Even though the Millennium Falcon does have a few decades under its belt, it’s still the vessel ­every starship pilot in the galaxy wants to be in command of.          

Length: 34.75m 
Passengers: 6
Affiliations: Rebel Alliance
Maximum speed (atmosphere): 1,050km/h
Engine unit(s): Girodyne SRB42 ­sublight engine
Cargo capacity: 100 metric tons
Communication systems: Upgraded Chedak subspace radio
Star Wars movie appearances: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Episode VII: The Force Awakens

X-Wing Starfighter

Special characteristics: Has hyperdrive and ­astromech droid co-pilot. Four laser cannons and two proton torpedo launchers. Gets its name from the S-foils that resemble the letter X in attack ­formation. There are two dozen different types of X-wings. This was the ship that Luke ­Skywalker flew when he ­destroyed the Death Star.

Length: 13.4m
Affiliations: Rebel Alliance
Star Wars movie appearances: Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V:  The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Super Star Destroyer

 Special characteristics: Shaped like an arrowhead, with a habitable island in the middle. 13 ­engine thrusters. Several different sizes exist. The 19km long vessel is one of the largest Imperial ships ever built. Darth Vader’s command ship ­“Executor” was a Super Star Destroyer.

Length: 19km
Arms: over 5,000 turbo-lasers and ion cannons
Affiliations: Galactic Empire    
Star Wars movie appearances: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

 

TIE Fighter

Special characteristics: Single-pilot vessels ­carried aboard Star Destroyers and Battle­Stations. Basis for other TIE vessels, including the TIE Interceptor, TIE bomber, and Darth ­Vader’s own TIE Advanced x1.

Famous for: The sound of its engine, a roar or scream that sends enemies’ hearts to their throats. 
Length: 8.99m
Maximum atmospheric speed: 1,200 km/h
Affiliations: Galactic Empire
Star Wars movie appearances: Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Imperial Shuttle

Special characteristics: Multi-purpose ­transport vessel for both cargo and passengers, equipped with hyperdrive. One stationary center foil, two articulated flanking wings. Side wing folds out for stability in flight. Wings fold in during landing. Two forward-facing double laser cannons, two wing-mounted double cannons, and a rear-facing double laser cannon. This lambda-class shuttle was used by Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

Length: 20m
Maximum atmospheric speed: 850 km/h
Passengers: 20
Affiliations: Galactic Empire
Star wars movie appearances: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Mon Calamari MC80 Home One Star Cruiser

Special characteristics: The Mon Calamari – a humanoid, aquatic species – converted this passenger ship into a star cruiser. It lacks hard angles to resemble the look of an organic sculpture. It is equipped with turbolasers, ion ­cannons, tractor beam projectors and shield ­generators. Admiral Ackbar commanded an MC80 Home One, which was also the Rebel Alliance’s headquarters, in the decisive battle of Endor.

Length: 1,200m
Crew: 5,402 + 78 gunners.
Minimum crew: 1,230
Passengers: 1,200 troops
Cargo capacity: 20,000 tons
Affiliations: Rebel Alliance       
Location: Mon Cala                
Species: Mon Calamari
Star Wars movie appearances: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

A Wing fighter

Special characteristics: Arrowhead shape, twin engines, pivoting laser cannons on wingtips. Faster than the Tie Interceptor. The Rebel Alliance’s Green Squadron was made up of ­­A-wing starfighters. 

Length: 9.6m
Maximum atmospheric speed: 1,300 km/h
Hyperdrive rating: class 1.0
Passengers: 0
Arms: Two borstel rg-9 laser cannons, two dymek hm-6 concussion missile launchers, six concussion missiles
Affiliations: Rebel Alliance, Phoenix ­Squadron
Star Wars movie appearances: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Tantive IV

Special characteristics: As a consular ship, the Tantive IV has dining rooms and conference rooms for negotiations. This is the cruiser Princess Leia used on public galactic senate missions (and later for secret Rebel Alliance missions). 

Length: 126.68m
Arms: two double turbolasers, four laser cannons
Passengers: 100+ 
Affiliations: Rebel Alliance       
Locations: Alderaan
Star Wars movie appearances: Episode IV: A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Sources: starwars.com, starwars.wikia.com

 

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