Pilot Inadvertently Takes Spy Pics of ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Set and the Millennium Falcon
'Star Wars: Episode 7' can have all the security measures it wants, but it can't stop a spy that has no idea he's spying. Enter Matthew Myatt, a pilot hired to take promotional photos for Airbourne Aviation, a flying club in Britain. Myatt happened to fly over Greenham Common in Berkshire and thought he had captured some "experimental" aircraft on the ground. It was only upon further inspection of the hi-res images that he realized those "experimental aircraft" were actually the Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing starfighter.
Myatt told the BBC:
I didn't know it was there, and we flew down and did some orbits. It was based around the old cruise missile silo. We didn't realise what we had. It wasn't until I got back last night and started going through the images that it just jumped out at me. I was quite stunned. That's how the picture came about, purely by luck.
The shots show a half-constructed Millennium Falcon, likely used for shots from one specific angle (we've previously seen construction shots of an entire Falcon being built, so there's clearly more than one of these ships on set). As you'd expect, it looks exactly like how it used to look. The X-Wing has a slightly different build, but it's harder to tell in this shot because it's wrapped in blue and black. (If you want a better look at what the new X-Wing will look like in 'Star Wars: Episode 7' you can check out some official shots here.)
Considering J.J. Abrams' penchant for security and the closed 'Star Wars: Episode 7' set, we're surprised there's not an official "no fly zone" over where filming is taking place.
'Star Wars: Episode 7' opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.