Star Wars: 10 Secrets Of The Millennium Falcon You Need To Know

In a word, mouth-watering.

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When it comes to discussing the most iconic fictional spaceships of all time, there are few that get even close to matching Star Wars' Millennium Falcon.

Since making its debut in 1977's A New Hope, the Falcon has been the inimitable yardstick by which most other sci-fi spacecraft have been measured.

Between its unique design and a general sensibility which perfectly reflects that of its roguish owner Han Solo (Harrison Ford), the Falcon is a masterpiece of conception and execution in every conceivable way.

Though typically occupied by a ragtag team of heroes, the Falcon is a deceptively powerful beast, proving to be one of the fastest vessels in the entire Star Wars universe.

And while the Falcon has been fervently analysed and dissected by fans over the last 40-plus years, there's a good chance you still don't know everything about George Lucas' indelible creation.

Drawing from all the available lore as well as technical reference books and even interviews with the craftsfolk responsible for bringing the Falcon to life, these are the 10 big Millennium Falcon secrets you absolutely need to know...

10. It's Fuelled By Unstable, Poisonous Liquid Metal

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It won't surprise many to learn that a spacecraft as powerful as the Millennium Falcon doesn't run on conventional fuel, and indeed, the Falcon uses a non-specific liquid metal fluid to power its sublight engines. Fancy.

Reference materials created to accompany Star Wars: The Force Awakens' release also mention that the fuel is "highly unstable [and] dangerous," and that in the event of a leak it could flood the Falcon with poisonous gas.

As such, it's recommended that inexperienced pilots let droids re-fuel the YT-1300 class of light freighter, though sadly none of the Star Wars movies to date have actually shown anyone refuelling the Falcon.

Fun fact: keeping the Falcon fuelled for an average day of haulage costs roughly 50 galactic credits per day. Pricey.


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