It was a nearly all-male affair though, with only a few uniformed females - mostly as guards. Other than the visitors, most of the women were on hostess duty, decked up in skirts and stockings or sarees. They could usually be spotted behind a desk, looking fabulously bored while the crowd mostly ignored them in favour of the hardware on the shelves.
The males meanwhile came in over a dozen uniforms, sizes and colours. Half a dozen countries were represented by their military, air force or navy personnel and the many, many stars on many shoulders could be seen glinting in the sun as their owners sweated copiously.
I had often wondered what kind of people came to such an event - other than the pretty girls in large sunglasses who just seem to come to these sorts of things. And while the average participant would be hard to pinpoint, a family seemed to sum it up for me.
Image: Rudra, India's indigenous light combat helicopter performs during the opening of the Aero India 2013 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.