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this was a model of old, out-dated, orbital loadlifter that was equipped with a four-stage primary thrust sequence. Han Solo's training officer used one to help his cadets gain emergency landing experience at the Academy. It was during Han's own test that he earned the nickname Slick, after Alexsandr Badure rigged a U-33 to all but self-destruct. Han was able to bring the vessel to a near-perfect landing despite the problems he encountered, although he scared his instructor almost to death in the process. Although durable, the typcial U-33 was prone to problems with its reservoir-locking mechanisms, which often stuck in one position and kept the landing gear from fully extending or retracting.