13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Ships & Vehicles In 'Star Wars'

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Vote up the most interesting things about ships and vehicles in 'Star Wars.'

One of the most unique innovations of Star Wars was its use of tech. While many futuristic universes made everything feel shiny and new, Star Wars is famous for introducing technology that looks and feels timeless, but used, that definitely applied to the ships and vehicles that are so well known from the universe. 

From the very first movie, speeders and starfighters were a crucial part of Star Wars. The Millennium Falcon was a hunk of junk, but also a masterfully designed ship. There were X-wings, Y-wings, and Star Destroyers, all of which made the world feel more lived-in and tactile. More recently, we've also gotten ships like the Razor Crest and Home One.

Not all ships were created equal, though, and some are far more powerful than others.  Fans have certainly noticed plenty of details about the ships of this universe, but even the biggest diehards don't know everything about the ships and vehicles that make up the Star Wars canon. Vote for your favorite little-known facts about the ships below!


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    Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer, 'Executor,' Is About The Size Of Manhattan

    Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer, 'Executor,' Is About The Size Of Manhattan
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    For all of his terrifying bluster, we eventually come to learn that Darth Vader is a little insecure underneath it all. That may explain why the Super Star Destroyer Executor that serves as his home for much of the original trilogy is so massive. 

    According to A Guide to the Star Wars UniverseExecutor-class Super Destroyers are about 19 km, or 12 miles long. For reference, the island of Manhattan is only 13.11 miles long, and that's counting areas like the Bronx. So, yeah, Darth Vader's Super Destroyer was just a little bit smaller than the biggest city in the US. 

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    The T-65B X-Wing Was Ironically Designed To Be An Imperial Starfighter

     The T-65B X-Wing Was Ironically Designed To Be An Imperial Starfighter
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    When it was originally designed by the Incom Corporation, the T-65B X-wing, which is more commonly known as the X-wing, was requested by the Galactic Empire. The ship was designed to fill a hole in the Empire's constantly growing fleet, and their designs were initially approved and then produced. Eventually, though, production was halted in part because the Empire had decided to purchase the much cheaper TIE Series fighters that the Empire eventually became famous for. 

    Incom was then stuck with ships that they no longer had any use for, and were therefore thrilled when the rebels expressed interest in them. The X-wings were designed to have the speed and power to take on Imperial Stardestroyers, and the ships ultimately lived up to that conceptual idea. 

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    The Interior Of Darth Vader's TIE Fighter Was Customized For His Suit

    Standard TIE fighters don't come with a lot of protection. As the Empire makes abundantly clear over and over again, stormtroopers are seen as disposable. Darth Vader, on the other hand, is not. Vader's TIE fighter was a prototype of the Advanced TIE fighter being developed by Sienar Fleet Systems, and it featured a deflector shield generator, a life support system, and a hyperdrive. 

    The interior of Vader's TIE fighter was also modified to his specifications and had to be customized to work with Vader's armor. While most TIE fighters were cheap and disposable, Vader's ship was decidedly not. 

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    The Mon Calamari Didn't Fully Commit Ships To The Rebellion Until After The Death Star's Destruction

    The Mon Calamari Didn't Fully Commit Ships To The Rebellion Until After The Death Star's Destruction
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    In The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the Mon Calamari star cruisers are an essential part of how the Rebel Alliance looks and feels. What some Star Wars fans might not realize is that the Mon Calamari as a whole didn't join the Rebellion or agree to donate their ships to the cause, until after the events of A New Hope. Individual Mon Calamari, like Admiral Ackbar and Admiral Raddus, were part of the Rebellion prior to the events of Rogue One, but the backbone of the Rebel fleet didn't make an appearance until much later.

    After the first Death Star was destroyed, Luke, Han, and Leia traveled to Mon Cala to convince them to join the fight. It wasn't until their king was assassinated that they agreed to join up, and the ships that formed the backbone of the Rebellion became part of the Rebel fleet. 

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    Most Of The Ships In The Rebel Alliance’s Military Were Stolen

    Most Of The Ships In The Rebel Alliance’s Military Were Stolen
    Photo: Star Wars: Rebels / Disney XD

    The Galactic Empire was a vast, industrial machine capable of creating weapons of all shapes and sizes. By its very nature, the Rebel Alliance was a much more low-budget affair, and they often had to fight battles with only the resources that were readily available to them. 

    As a result, the rebels had to steal a great number of the resources they ultimately used during the Galactic Civil War, and that was especially true of their star fleet. Almost all of the ships in the fleet were stolen at one point or another, and largely from the Empire. The rebels built that fleet piece by piece over time from a variety of different sources, and ultimately created a force that could take down the Empire they'd stolen from. 

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    Jedi Starfighters Were Designed With More Responsive Controls Due To Their Force Sensitivity

    Jedi Starfighters Were Designed With More Responsive Controls Due To Their Force Sensitivity
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm

    Because of their Force sensitivity, the Jedi could be much more intuitive pilots than the average soldier. We see this in the skills that Luke, Anakin, and Rey all show as naturally gifted pilots, even though they haven't had the kind of practice that someone like Han Solo or Poe Dameron has. 

    In the era of the Galactic Republic, the Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor was designed specifically with the Jedi in mind. As a result, it had fewer internal controls than a typical fighter, and the engineering is instead focusing on making the controls as responsive as possible, which allowed the Jedi to manipulate it delicately with help from the Force. It saw extensive action during the final years of the Republic but was largely sidelined by the time Luke came around. 

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