Docking Bay 327

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For other uses, see 327.
"Clear Bay 327. We are opening the magnetic field."
―Imperial controller, preparing the docking bay for the Millennium Falcon[src]

As one of many docking bays on the Death Star I, Bay 327 (also known as the Main Forward Bay or Main Hangar) served as an empty hangar to check ships which had been "sucked in" by a tractor beam.

Outside access to the docking bay was granted via the tractor beam. A nearby ship would be caught in the beam and dragged into the Docking Bay. If a ship tried to depart with the tractor beams active, the beam would again drag it back into the Docking Bay.


Docking Bay 327 was the location that the Millennium Falcon docked with the first Death Star. After Imperial troops searched the ship finding no one inside, a scanning crew was sent in. The scanning crew never completed their search of the ship for they were stunned, along with two stormtroopers, by the Millennium Falcon's crew.

From this Docking Bay, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, the Wookiee Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan Kenobi departed to rescue Princess Leia Organa and disable the Death Star's tractor beam.

It was in this hangar where Skywalker witnessed Kenobi's death. From this Docking Bay (after Kenobi disabled the tractor beam) Skywalker, Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Organa left to Yavin 4. Before the Millennium Falcon's departure, however, a tracking device was secured aboard their ship, eventually leading the Death Star to the Rebel base on Yavin 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

The set of Bay 327 was originally Docking Bay 94 as the set of the Millennium Falcon did not fit out the stage doors. It is incorrectly referred to as "Docking Bay 3207" and as "hangar 3207" in the junior novelization of The Empire Strikes Back, in Death Star novel and in Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections.

The number 327 also appears in The Empire Strikes Back as the number of the platform at which the Millennium Falcon lands on at Cloud City; and in The Phantom Menace, Queen Amidala's ship is a "J-type 327 Nubian."

Besides its role in the bonus mission "Death Star Rescue" for Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, Bay 327 was also used non-canonically for the Endurance bonus mission, where Luke Skywalker has to fend off in a ground melee against various Imperial soldiers and Boba Fett as well as survive.


Non-canon appearancesEdit


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