This ain’t your grandfather’s SUN ’n FUN

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Two months from now we’ll all be talking about the SUN ’n FUN International Fly In and Expo in the past tense. It will be behind us, and if history repeats itself, SUN ’n FUN 2013 will be as successful as it has been in the past. This year will be different, however, because this year it will begin to become apparent that SUN ’n FUN and the Fly In are not a single event.

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The 12 Flights of Christmas

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SUN ’n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, Fla. – The SUN ’n FUN staff and Board of Directors have spoken directly with Santa and SUN ’n FUN has been added to the Elf Team from the North Pole! Twelve lucky children will find a certificate under the tree this year for an airplane ride on Dec. 28 at SUN ’n FUN.

For families who are finding it difficult to put Christmas gifts under the tree this year, there is another option. [Read more…]

When Pigs Fly South to SUN ’n FUN

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SUN ’n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, Fla. — The grounds at SUN ‘n FUN will look very different “When Pigs Fly South” on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Classic cars, show motorcycles and vintage aircraft will surround more than 20 BBQ Masters as they compete for awards in three competitive classes.

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Fundraising effort begins for Charles Taylor mural

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When Victor Boyce, who heads the Workshops Area at SUN ’n FUN every year, walked into the Florida Air Museum, which is on the SUN ’n FUN campus at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL), he noticed something was missing.

“I saw a number of 12-foot by 12-foot murals on the wall of the museum’s Hangar A — there were murals of the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart and others. But there were NO murals of Charles Taylor,” said Boyce, a long-time aircraft mechanic who received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award about nine years ago.

For those who aren’t familiar with the name, Charles Taylor was the Wright brother’s mechanic. “Charles hand-built the engine for the Wright brothers’ first powered flight because no one else was interested in supplying them with a suitable engine,” Boyce said.

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