There is no doubt that Star Wars is the most iconic film franchise of all time. The films draw strong parallels from WWII with the Galactic Empire resembling resembling the Axis Powers, Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers with similarities to Japanese samurai armor and a Jedi purge the mirrors the holocaust.
But Star Wars wouldn’t be Star Wars without the starships, many of which were influenced by planes of WWII. So let’s take a look at the World War II aircraft that shaped the galaxy far, far away…
It’s probably the most famous starship every made, just about everyone can identify the Millennium Falcon. But any fan of WWII planes can easily see that the Millennium Falcon is modeled after the B-29 Superfortress.
The Falcon was designed by Joe Johnston the director of films such as The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger. It originally had a design similar to that of the B-29, longer and sleek but was changed to a saucer shape to avoid any similarities to the ship in the TV show Space 1999. It is rumored that the saucer design of the Millennium Falcon was derived from a hamburger with an olive sticking out of the side that Johnston was eating on his lunch break.
The influence of the B-29 Superfortress is seen on interior, the cockpit is near identical and the gunner stations are all there as well. The Fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy destroyed the second Death Star ending the Galactic Civil War the same way that B-29s dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II.