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If you ever thought you’d have to go to a galaxy far, far away to sit in the cockpit of a Star Wars X-wing fighter, you were wrong. All you have to do is go to Singapore.

As the primary air travel hub for Singapore, all manner of fantastic flying machines can be spotted at Changi Airport. And while the recent arrival of the ANA Star Wars 787 was a sight to see, there’s an even bigger treat waiting for fans in the T3 Departure Hall.

Docked in that section of the building is a full-size X-wing fighter, painted with the blue trim used in the upcoming The Force Awakens.

Even better, Changi Airport will be allowing a limited number of fans to sit in the X-wing’s cockpit. There are four blocks on weekdays (10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m., 6-8 p.m., and 7-9 p.m.) and three on weekends (10 a.m.-noon, 4-6 p.m., 7-9 p.m.), with 80 tickets for each block being handed out on a first-come-first-served basis. Judging from the wording used on the airport’s website, which invites guests to “enter the cockpit of the life-size X-wing fighter in Terminal 3 as a Stormtrooper, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, or an W-wing pilot,” it even sounds like outfits are provided for travelers keen to do a little cosplay during their layover.

Speaking of the Empire, there’s also a Tie fighter on display in the T2 Departure Hall, although it’s unfortunately not to the same 1:1 scale as its heroic space dogfighting rival.

Of course, there’s more to the Empire’s military might than machinery, which is why every Saturday Imperial Stormtroopers will be stationed at Changi.

▼ A video showing the Stormtroopers’ march through the facility

▼ It’s like a more intimidating version of Yokohama’s annual Pikachu parade.

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However, this Star Wars awesomeness isn’t a permanent addition to the airport’s amenities. It’s all part of a celebration of the release of The Force Awakens, and will only last until January 5, so if you’re travelling in or through Asia this winter, and are looking to indulge in a little Force tourism along the way, consider routing your trip through Changi.

Source: IT Media, Changi Airport
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