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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Are aviation events storm ready?

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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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