The introduction to the Falcon:
Strange creatures play exotic big band music on odd-looking instruments…Han is a tough, roguish starpilot about thirty years old. A mercenary on a starship, he is simple, sentimental, and cocksure.
Han Solo. I’m captain of the Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you’re looking for passage to the Alderaan system.
Yes, indeed. If it’s a fast ship.
Fast ship? You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?
Should I have?
It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs!...I’ve outrun Imperial starships, not the local bulk-cruisers, mind you. I’m talking about the big Corellian ships now. She’s fast enough for you, old man. What’s the cargo?
DOCKING BAY 94
Chewbacca leads the group into a giant dirt pit that is Docking Bay 94. Resting in the middle of the huge hole is a large, round, beat-up, pieced-together hunk of junk that could only loosely be called a starship.
What a piece of junk.
She’ll make point five beyond the speed of light. She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. I’ve added some special modifications myself.
Chewbacca settles into the pilot’s chair and starts the mighty engines of the starship.
Imperial cruisers fire at the pirateship
The ship shudders as an explosion flashes outside the window.
Here’s where the fun begins!
How long before you can make the jump to light speed?
It’ll take a few moments to get the coordinates from the navi-computer.
The ship begins to rock violently as lasers hit it.
Are you kidding? At the rate they’re gaining…
Traveling through hyperspace isn’t like dusting crops, boy! Without precise calculations we could fly right through a star or bounce too close to a supernova and that’d end your trip real quick, wouldn’t it?
The ship is now constantly battered with laserfire as a red warning light begins to flash.
What’s that flashing?
We’re losing our deflector shield. Go strap yourself in, I’m going to make the jump to light speed.
The galaxy brightens and they move faster, almost as if crashing a barrier. Stars become streaks as the pirateship makes the jump to hyperspace.
At the time, I drove a 1956 VW Bug. It didn’t look like much, but it had real metal in the body and a small oval back window. It had been across country at least five times. One of the most dependable and easiest to repair cars I’ve ever owned. A Star Wars-type of vehicle. When the Millennium Falcon blasted its way out of Tatooine, we were in for a very long ride.