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Ben Mack

Check out United's new 'Star Wars'-themed Boeing 737 plane

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Luke Skywalker may have claimed the Millennium Falcon was a "piece of junk" when he first saw it (even though it could, you know, make point-five past lightspeed) — but he probably wouldn't be saying that about United Airlines' shiny new Boeing 737-800.

To celebrate the December 2019 theatrical release of "The Rise of Skywalker," billed as the last film in the nine-film Skywalker saga, the airline has launched a special "Star Wars"-themed plane — and though it can't travel at lightspeed, it does look pretty spiffy, or at least nothing at all like the heavily modified ship of a certain scruffy-looking nerf herder (sorry, Han Solo).

The plane made its first flight earlier this month, from Houston to Orlando, Florida. Though there were plenty of evil First Order stormtroopers on hand, thankfully no one was taken away for questioning by Kylo Ren.

Here's what the plane is like inside.


The Force — er, flight — is strong with the Boeing 737-800's galactic-themed livery, which revels in the power of the Dark Side on one side ...

The "Dark Side" portion of United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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... and the virtuous Light Side on the other.

The "Light Side" portion of United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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The exterior of the plane is full of cool details ...

Exterior detail on United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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... though they might be tough to see in the sky without macrobinoculars.

Exterior details on United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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The battle between good and evil also plays out inside the plane, where one side of the aisle has seat rests bearing the symbol of the brave Resistance ...

Headrests with the symbol of the Resistance on United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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... and the other the wicked First Order.

Headrests with the logo of the First Order on United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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Even the amenity kits passengers get are "Star Wars"-themed. Passengers can also hear the film series' iconic soundtrack when they board and receive a commemorative pin.

Amenity kits on United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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Cool as the plane is, one must be cautious. You never know when evil stormtroopers may be waiting on board ...

First Order stormtroopers aboard United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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... or at the gate ...

A First Order stormtrooper confronting a passenger, presumably asking to see some identification.

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... or simply patrolling airport terminals on the lookout for the Resistance.

First Order stormtroopers in the terminal.

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Play it cool and you should be able to sneak past them.

First Order stormtroopers at the airport in Orlando, Florida.

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You might even be able to find the droids you're looking for.

The droid BB-8 at the maiden launch of United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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Perhaps as a way to scare off the First Order, the plane also stands out on flight-tracking screens.

The United Airlines "Star Wars"-themed plane as seen on Flight Aware.

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Instead of a galaxy far, far away, the plane is flying across the US, Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean. You can try to book it by looking up its tail number, N36272.

United Airlines' "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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Unlike what many jokingly said of a certain Millennium Falcon, a hunk of junk United's new plane is not.

Rear detailing on United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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Perhaps the only downside is there isn't a whole fleet of the one-of-a-kind plane ...

United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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... but at least it can still fuel our imagination, just like "Star Wars."

The tail of United Airlines' new "Star Wars"-themed plane.

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This article originally appeared on Insider. Follow @thisisinsider on Twitter.