So much for a cloaking device. Thanks to some fan sleuthing on Google Earth, what certainly appears to be the Millennium Falcon has been spotted in England, quietly biding its time on a patch of grass in the rural outskirts of London.
This particular model for the Falcon, most likely used in filming for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is actually sitting on the grounds at Longcross Film Studios at Surrey, just a few miles south and west from the nearest docking station — London’s Heathrow Airport.
Fans, of course, are having fun with the sighting, swapping screen shots and sharing map coordinates. There definitely are worse ways than this to keep the flame burning until the film's December 15 release:
Longcross has been the subject of avid fan speculation throughout The Last Jedi’s production, so the Falcon’s presence at the studio hasn’t exactly been a secret. A Millennium Falcon outdoor set on the Longcross property was reportedly snagged by a drone pilot last spring, so the ongoing presence of a giant model certainly makes sense.
We’ve gotta say: the effort expended on concealing this thing couldn’t be more in keeping with the hunk ‘o junk’s hardscrabble reputation. Nothing fancy here; just park it in the yard, tow some trailers in to hide the sides, and throw some plastic tarps on top.
We’re pretty sure Han Solo would do no less.