SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - For those of us who don’t have the millions needed to snap up airliners, powerful jet engines or the latest weapon and surveillance systems, the Singapore Airshow also offers eclectic items at bargain prices.
The airshow was the aviation industry’s first major meeting of the year after the global economic crisis made for a grim 2009, and it concluded business on Friday with only a few deals and no major sales by aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus.
However, visitors to the event, which is open to the public until Sunday, may fare better, and actually strike a deal.
Here are a few items that could attract the bargain hunters and those seeking something a little different.
Get copy of an autographed poster featuring the “Iceman” and “Raptor.” These are the call signs of the Singapore Air Force pilots who headline the daily aerial displays at the Airshow. The pilots are minor celebrities in the city-state, showing their skills at various events. And the best thing - you don’t have to pay a single cent.
After walking around the large exhibition center and craning their necks to get the best view of the aerial performance, visitors can grab a digital massage machine from Hubei Hu Die Quan Plastic Products that provides a simulation of an acupuncture experience, amongst other functions, to provide a quick pick-me-up.
Edwin De Wolf and his brother flew in from the Netherlands to set up the only shop at the airshow selling aircraft models. While some manufacturers of real planes have had difficulty securing orders, business is so good for the de Wolf’s that they can’t take a lunch break without turning back customers. An F18 fighter model will set you back S$100.
Rather than jostle with crowds to catch a glimpse of the acrobatic flying displays, visitors can opt to get their own remote control helicopter to enact their own private show.
Sharing a feature with rifle sights, these Swiss-made luminous watches feature tiny glass tubes coated on the inside with phosphorescent material and filled with tritium gas to produce a light source which is 100 times brighter than other watch illumination systems. Also available in pink.
Turn your driveway into your very own personal runway with some solar-powered taxiway lights. When fully charged, the solar panels can power the lights for two weeks.
($1=1.422 Singapore Dollar)
Editing by Miral Fahmy