I like the idea of it being a pod pusher. It makes sense then how it was a good candidate for conversion into a smuggler. It would have an outsized engine capacity for the size. What Han has essentially done is taken an unglamorous can hauler like a semi tractor and swapped out the stock engine for a trio of afterburning jet engines.Elheru Aran wrote: ↑2018-02-08 05:21pmBut honestly at this point I don't think -anybody- is making a serious argument that the Falcon was intended to be a space freighter. We already saw what a space freighter is supposed to look like, and that was the big container ship Han and Chewie were on in TFA. Not to mention Ansel's replenishment ship design.
This means that his internal storage would be used for high-value, low-mass contraband like drugs, weapons, etc. You could say the Falcon is like the rum-runners of Prohibition or the cigarette boats of the cocaine cowboy days.
The advantage of the Falcon is that it does look like a hunk of junk. If it looked like a flashy hot rod there's no way it could escape imperial attention because a vessel like that has no business but smuggling. The Falcon instead looks like a proper, honest working man's ship and Han probably has the logs to prove it. What are you doing out here? Oh, I'm just dead-heading to my next haul. Yup, gonna pick up a can of whale fur to bring to Coruscant. You know how those high fashion types love their whale fur.
As far as the EU goes, they completely bought the argument that the Falcon is a freighter. The other Corellian designs are basically kit bashes of the Falcon and have the same general size but lack the mandibles. The cargo is understood to be carried internally. Likely this is going to be carried into the new canon as stuff gets pulled in from the EU.