The 40th Annual SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In & Expo is on track for April 1-6, 2014, at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Be one of the guests as The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Demonstration Squadron, makes their first appearance in the South in 2014. There will be over 500 vendors and exhibitors, airshows every afternoon and special youth activities will augment the forums, workshops, seminars and evening programs. More than 8,000 International Visitors from 82 countries will be part of the 200,000 attendees expected. Visit the CornRoast, the Sunset Grill or find out more about the local area at the Visitors Center near Hangar A that is hosted by representatives from Visit Central Florida and the Lakeland Tourism and Convention Bureau. Static Aircraft, a Veterans Plaza and planes flying overhead as you enter the parking area are all part of the excitement. Hands on activities for youth and even the KidsZone are a great way to introduce your family to the wonderful possibilities in the world of aviation.
Great historical events deserve recognition. For a 40th birthday they have become reasons to have a party every day. Here’s some inside information that will help you schedule your day. Stay tuned for the confirmation of a visit from Governor Scott.
Tuesday, April 1 – Celebration of 100 years of Commercial Aviation
Did you know that the first commercial airline flight was actually in Florida? This will be
Florida Airman Day and any licensed Floridian Pilot/Mechanic, etc. will be given a discount!
Wednesday, April 2 – Build a Brighter Future through Aviation Day
Education is a focus at SUN ‘n FUN and what better way to say it than by hosting a “Cradle to Career Fair” for the community. Elementary and Middle School ‘feeders’ that send students to CFAA will join aviation colleges and employers from all over the country in the Florida Air Museum and Open Air Pavilion. Watch for details that will include include presentations by Captain Judy Rice, NASA Science and Space Museum, MOSI, and more. The day will culminate with our first fundraising event called Dinner with Legends. Purchase a ticket to sit next to your favorite personage from the Aerospace World. Tentative Guests includeWWII Triple Ace Colonel C.E. “Bud” Anderson; WWII Doolittle Raider, Dick Cole; Apollo 11 Astronaut Dr. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin; Designer and Pilot, Dick Rutan; WWII Pilot and Airhow Legend Bob Hoover; WWII Tuskegee Airman Colonel Charles McGee and Members of the WWII Women Air Service Pilots (WASP). Sponsorships and Table reservations are available by contacting Greg Gibson, Director of Business Development at 863-904-4041.
Thursday, April 3 – Volunteer Day
There’s a mid week party going on. SnF Radio is hosting their 20th Birthday Party. Visit the SUN ‘ n FUN Splash-In at Lake Agnes on the Fantasy of Flight grounds, Watch for your invitation to the Museum Member Mingle. After years of planning, Captain Judy Rice is launching her “Think Global Flight Around the World” with a send off by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Captain Rice will be Skyping with students at the Florida Air Museum over her 4 month flight. At the end of the day cadets and students from CFAA will host their counterparts from the U.K., Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, Iceland and more countries at the first International Youth “Dance Around the World” reception
Friday, April 4 – 100th Anniversary of Aerial Combat
Polk, Hillsborough and other students will meet in the Florida Air Museum Open Air Pavilion with the U.S. Blue Angels and their support team. WWII Triple Ace Bud Anderson and a Raptor Pilot will make a then and now presentation and the day will end with an International Visitors Reception
Saturday, April 5 – SnF 40th Birthday Celebration and Paul Poberezny Day
Start your morning with a spectacular Balloon Launch. If you are a teacher, register for the Aerospace Educators Workshop and maybe fly with the Geico SkyTypers or Aeroshell Team. Bring the entire family to the Night Airshow
Sunday, April 6 – Florida Resident Day
Discount Tickets for Florida Residents for Florida’s Largest Convention!
Click here for ticket information and event schedules as they are built. There truly is something for everyone going on all week!