The Force is strong at Changi


Stormtroopers and Starfighter pilots (above) overran Changi Airport yesterday to mark the unveiling of two iconic Star Wars spacecraft.

A life-size X-wing sits at Terminal 3, while a scale model of the TIE Fighter stands tall at Terminal 2.

Both spacecraft are on display until Jan 5, and members of the public can climb into the cockpit of the X-wing for photographs.

The highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, the seventh instalment of the cult science-fiction series, will open in cinemas on Dec 17.

Legendary Jedi master Yoda (right) also made an appearance - on an All Nippon Airways Star Wars-themed plane painted to look like the droid R2-D2. The plane, which landed yesterday, features R2-D2-designed paper napkins, paper cups and headrest covers. It will be parked at Changi until tomorrow.

Singapore is the first Asian stop outside of Japan for this chartered flight from Tokyo. There may be plans for the plane to make regular scheduled flights to Singapore in the future.

Yip Wai Yee


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2015, with the headline 'The Force is strong at Changi'. Subscribe