The Star Wars starship whose cockpit was inspired by the WWII bomber

The Star Wars most famous Millennium Falcon spacecraft cockpit was inspired by the WWII B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber

Well, the iconic greenhouse-style window of the Millennium Falcon was designed with the style of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, a strategic bomber flying 30 years before Han Solo and Chewbacca first appeared driving the iconic spacecraft into the hyperspace, in mind.

Star Wars Millennium Falcon’s starship cockpit

Star Wars Millennium Falcon’s starship cockpit
View from the back of the Millennium Falcon cockpit set with the back removed for camera placement to shoot the set and actors against a blue screen to be filled with space environments in post-production. © Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All Rights Reserved.

The Millennium Falcon is a fictional starship in the Star Wars franchise. The modified YT-1300 Corellian light freighter is primarily commanded by Corellian smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his Wookiee first mate, Chewbacca.

The Millennium Falcon first appears in Star Wars (1977), and subsequently in The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Revenge of the Sith (2005), The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).

Boeing B-29 Superfortress Cockpit 

Boeing B-29 Superfortress Cockpit 

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing. It was one of the largest aircraft operational during World War II and featured state-of-the-art technology. On 21 September 1942 Boeing B-29 Superfortress made its first Flight

Anyway, the connections between WWII aircraft and Star Wars go well beyond the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit

It’s not a secret that many of star wars space spacecraft are inspired by world war 2 Aircraft

Among them, 633 Squadron (1964) and The Dam Busters (1955) film about one of the Royal Air Force’s most famous raid in WWII against the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams, pivotal to Hitler’s industrial heartland in the Ruhr Valley, inspired the famous Death Star attack featured in “A New Hope.”

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