The Millennium Falcon was a Corellian YT-1300 light freighter used by the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca during the Galactic Civil War. It was previously owned by Lando Calrissian, who lost it to Solo in a game of sabacc.
Its aged appearance belied numerous advanced modifications to boost the ship's speed, weapons and shield, including a hyperdrive engine among the fastest in the entire galaxy, enabling it to outrunImperial Star Destroyers. It also included sensor-proof smuggling compartments, which were used during the rescue of Princess Leia Organa to evade Imperial stormtroopers. Afterwards, the Millennium Falcon saw further action when Solo chose to join the Rebels during the Battle of Yavin, where it was able to sneak up on Darth Vader'sTIE Advanced.
After Han was captured on Bespin, Lando took command of theFalcon once more to search for him, and later flew the ship at theBattle of Endor, where it entered the Death Star II and destroyed it from within. During this battle, the starship's circular sensor dish was knocked off as Calrissian piloted it through the Death Star's interior.
In addition to its renowned hyperdrive, which made the Falconboasted as the "fastest ship in the galaxy," the ship was equipped with a backup hyperdrive. Compared to the primary engine, it was much slower and often took several weeks or months to reach the nearest star system. It also had a dejarik table featuring creatures found throughout the galaxy.
At some point over the following thirty years, the sensor dish was replaced with a rectangular model.