During a bright sunny day at this year’s SUN ‘n FUN, the people sheltered in the shade of the Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA) tent on Taxiway Echo all knew who owned the brightly-colored Seabee parked nearby.
Built in 1947, the Republic Seabee RC-3 (N713ET), is a four-place amphibious aircraft. A plush toy from the movie E.T. sat in the window.
“That belongs to E.T. He’s a party waiting for a place to happen,” Barb Bailey said. [Read more…]
With record-setting numbers in attendance, the airshow production company created hundreds of hours of footage and three, five-hour live broadcasts Friday through Sunday of the six-day show. [Read more…]
Keith Smith recruits students for the Central Florida Aerospace Academy on the SUN ‘n FUN campus at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Florida with an unusual opening question: “I ask what are you going to be doing when you’re 26 years old?”
According to Smith, the chief administrator at CFAA, that question provokes a lot of responses from middle schoolers.
“They tell me I want to be a football player or a dancer or whatever. I also ask how many of them don’t know what they want to do and how many are considering aviation,” he said. “What I find is that the students don’t have a clue as to what is being offered in aviation.” [Read more…]
SUN ‘n FUN Board member Steve Thomas presents Jacob Lutz, long-time volunteer Harry Silcox’s grandson, his 10-year volunteer pin.
According to Harry, Jacob started volunteering when he was just 5 years old, helping in Main Registration by carrying the program books into the office, as well as hauling keyboards and other equipment into the old Florida Air Museum building with IT technician Diana Carlson. [Read more…]
We’re lined up two abreast on Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport’s big Runway 27, slightly staggered like fighters on an aircraft carrier’s deck.
Ahead of us a flight of two massive T-28 Trojans in Navy colors thunder down the runway. The T-28s lift into pale morning sky and the tower radios that it’s our turn to takeoff.
The lead plane begins his roll. When he breaks ground, the plane ahead of me starts rolling. As he rotates, the plane to my left powers up. As soon as I see daylight under his belly, I advance my throttle to the firewall and give chase.