The 12 Flights of Christmas

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.

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When Pigs Fly South to SUN ’n FUN

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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SUN ’n FUN hires Executive Director of Education

SUN ’n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, Florida — SUN ’n FUN has named Lori Bradner Executive Director of Education, charged with leading the transition of the Florida Air Museum “as it becomes a world class, aviation-based, interactive educational experience,” officials said.

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Fundraising effort begins for Charles Taylor mural

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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SUN ’n FUN names new events & facility sales manager

LAKELAND, Fla.. — Aymee Sutterby Brace has been named the new Events and Facilities Sales Manager at SUN ’n FUN Fly-In, Inc.

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SUN ’n FUN to host Fly Into Fall weekend

SUN ’n FUN will present the Fly Into Fall Weekend Sept. 28-30 on the SUN ’n FUN campus on Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida.

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Are aviation events storm ready?

Amidst this year’s airshow season and continuing extreme/destructive weather, I wonder if aviation events are fully prepared. The National Weather Service’s Storm Ready program can help event organizers minimize weather catastrophes like 2011’s SUN ’n FUN tornado or the multi-fatality Indiana State Fair stage collapse. But how many fly-ins and airshows are so prepared?

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Honoring the WASP

Michael Porter’s restored Stearman helps tell the women’s story

“Is that what I think it is?”

There’s something special about seeing a military aviator reunited with an airplane that he or, in this case, she flew during the war. It can be an emotional moment, like watching the reunion of long-lost family members.

During this year’s SUN ’n FUN, a handful of members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were reunited with a 1942 Stearman that had been based at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, during World War II and used in primary training. The reactions of the women ranged from smiles and eyes growing misty as the memories came flooding back, to girlish giggles and the sharing of war stories.

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Remember your first?

Do you remember the first airplane you flew? For many people, this event is right up there with your first kiss.

And some aviators are lucky enough to find their first and make it their own many years later. Randall Patterson of Palm Coast, Fla., is one of those lucky people. He owns the very 1947 Aeronca L-16A that he logged his first hour in.

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SUN ’n FUN Fly-In weekend

This weekend, SUN ’n FUN officials are inviting all pilots to fly in for a full slate of aviation activities, camping and camaraderie. A highlight of the weekend will be a Pilot Town Hall Meeting with AOPA President Craig Fuller.

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