How These Warbirds Shaped The World Of Star Wars

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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…

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B-29 Superfortress/The Millennium Falcon

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.

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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.

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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.

Vought F4U Corsair/TIE Fighters

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Howling through space and swarming their enemies like ants is the fearsome Galactic Empire’s TIE Fighter. When you see a Vought F4U Corsair in action you won’t notice any immediate similaries to the Empire’s main starfighter, that is until you see it land. The Corsair was used mainly on American aircraft carriers during WWII and to conserve room their wings folded up. Those folded wings no doubt gave rise to the Galactic Empire’s TIE Fighter.

F4U Corsair mainly engaged in battles over the Pacific against the Japanese. Although the design of the TIE Fighter is based off folded wings of the Corsair, its properties are more closely related to fast and agile Japanese planes it entered combate against.

Saab 210/Imperial-Class Star Destroyer

1952-03-02 Saab 210 Lilldraken - Experimental aircraft By developing the Saab 35 Draken, Saab made a bold move by choosing a double delta wing configuration. Due to limited knowledge of this configuration, it was decided to build a special test-bed in order to improve the project safety. The experimental aircraft was scaled down to 70 percent of the planned size and was given the designation Saab 210 Lill-Draken. The intention was primarily to test the flight characteristics at low speeds and to test the assumptions made before undertaking full-scale construction. The maiden flight on 21 January 1952 was made by Bengt Olow. The Saab 210 performed around 1,000 test flights over four years. The results provided valuable experience during development of the Saab 35 Draken. Saab 210 is the first and only experimental aircraft to have been developed throughout Saab's history. Lill-Draken is now on display at the Air Force museum in Linköping, Sweden.

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The Imperial-Class Star Destroyer is the perfect symbol of mighty Galactic Empire. As the name implies it is very much in the vein of American Naval Destroyers and Aircraft Carrier but its design is from the Saab 210.

The Saab 210’s Space-Age frame is what gave influence to the mile long capital-ship. Both have a signature wedge-shape and but the Saab 210’s fin gave way to the bridge of the Star Destroyer.

SR-71 Blackbird/Naboo Royal Starship

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For anyone who say Star Wars: The Phantom Menace that Queen Amidala’s Naboo Royal Starship is the spitting image of the SR-71 Blackbird. The world’s fastest jet has speeds upwards of Mach 3.2, so fast that it could melt your skin if you aren’t wearing a pressurized suit. The Naboo Royal Starship offers a much more comfortable ride designed for luxury transport. In fact, when the SR-71 has its black radar absorbing paint removed it has a very similar chrome finish to the SR-71.

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