A pilot who was taking photos for his flight school stumbled upon what's either a top secret rebel base or the set of "Star Wars: Episode VII."
Matthew Myatt, a simulations engineer with the Airbourne Aviation flying club, captured this image of a partially-built Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing Fighter while flying over Greenham Common, a former RAF airbase that is apparently now being used as a location for the upcoming movie.
— FlyMAC (@FlyMAC_Popham) September 9, 2014
No Bothans died to bring us this image.
"I didn't know it was there, and we flew down and did some orbits. It was based around the old cruise missile silo," Myatt told the BBC. "It wasn't until I got back last night and started going through the images that it just jumped out at me."
Myatt said he had to grab his son to confirm that it was indeed Han Solo's spacecraft that he had accidentally caught on camera.
"We were dancing around, 'Wow, we've got a picture of the Millennium Falcon,'" Myatt told the BBC.
Myatt's pic isn't the only image of the set. A drone video, above, shows a wider view, with the Millennium Falcon on the right covered by a blue tarp.
Justin Reeves wrote on Twitter that the video was filmed over the weekend:
— Justin Reeves (@1JUS) September 10, 2014
The Star Wars Episode VII News website speculates that the former base, now a park, may stand in for Dantooine, a planet once home to a rebel base. Dantooine is also the planet Princess Leia named in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" while being held captive on the Death Star.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2015.