Everyone knows Han Solo’s famous spaceship the Millennium Falcon; but what many people don’t know is that the design we now recognize as Han’s bad-ass ship was actually the second one built for him. The first design, known as the “Pirate Ship”, was more traditionally rocket shaped with a cockpit in the front and souped-up multiple engines in the back. The miniature for this original design was completed and the sets had begun construction when it was decided that the look of the Pirate Ship was too similar to another famous spaceship, the EAGLE from Space 1999. The original Pirate Ship design was scrapped and a new design with a more unique shape was quickly developed. Luckily, all the work that went into the construction of the original model was not wasted. With the change of a few exterior details and a new paint job, the ship became the “Rebel Blockade Runner”. Although it lost out on the role of Han Solo’s favorite ride, the Blockade Runner does have the distinction of being the first ship seen in the Star Wars universe. Here at the air show we are huge fans of both the original Pirate Ship and the Eagle and thought it would be interesting to create a mash-up of the two ships.
 
The Sci Fi Air Show presents the “Millennium Eagle”...
A concept sketch of Han Solo's Pirate Ship.
A concept painting showing the original Pirate Ship design in docking bay 94.
The Pirate Ship miniature before it was re-dressed to be the Rebel Blockade Runner. Note the Eagle model on the lower left side of frame.
The Eagle from Space 1999.
Click HERE for a detailed history of the Millennium Falcon.

The Millennium Eagle

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The Millennium Eagle at the sci fi air show.
The ship is a combination of design components from two classic spaceships.

 

Like the Space 1999 Eagle, The Millennium Eagle has a detachable cargo module.

 

A view of the underside of the ship.
The Pirate Ship had eleven engines, the Eagle has four and the Millennium Eagle has six.

Photobombs

Photobomb #1
"She's the second fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!"
Photobomb #2
"Millennium Eagle on launchpad four."
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