Heathrow marks May the 4th with 'Star Wars flights'
Heathrow Airport cancelled a flight to the planet Alderaan – which was destroyed by the Death Star – in a tribute to Star Wars Day.
“May the 4th be with you” has become an unofficial day to celebrate the Star Wars franchise – and locations across the UK have been joining in the celebrations.
An additional Departures board in Heathrow listed destinations in the Star Wars universe replete with references to the films.
The flight code for Tatooine was R2D2, while the flight to Alderaan – the home planet of Princess Leia destroyed by the Death Star – was cancelled.
The British Library also noted how a University of Liverpool researcher noticed an apparent image of Yoda hiding in a 700-year-old medieval manuscript.
British signals inteligence agency GCHQ joined in the fun and tweeted out a little riddle as part of Star Wars Day celebrations.
UNESCO, the UN Environment, and even the British Army – celebrating International Tuba Day too – had plenty to add, with a special military band arrangement of the Star Wars theme.
Meanwhile, Championship club Aston Villa were quick to express their hopes for promotion to the Premier League in a video featuring Mile Jedinak dressed as a Jedi upon hearing that tickets for the play-off games were going on sale on Sunday.
The details about the flight to Kessel on Heathrow’s departures board referenced Han Solo’s famous Kessel run – which he claims took him less than 12 parsecs – technically a measurement of distance and not time.
It said more information would be available on 25 May, when the Han Solo film is being released in the UK.
Hail, Caesar! actor Alden Ehrenreich stars in the film as the young Han Solo, the role made famous by Harrison Ford.
Donald Glover will also appear as Lando Calrissian, alongside Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Paul Bettany.
The movie suffered a few setbacks after the directing duo of Miller and Lord were fired by Lucasfilm last year, and replaced with Ron Howard.
Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy said “creative differences” had led to the decision to part ways with the pair.