LAKELAND, FL – SUN ‘n FUN is pleased to welcome Kermit Weeks, founder and owner of Fantasy of Flight, home to The World’s Greatest Aircraft Collection™. Across the SUN ‘n FUN campus and in the Florida Air Museum, guests are privileged year-round to view aircraft on loan from the Weeks Private Collection. Displayed on the Warbird Ramp during the 39th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo campus are five historic aircraft. On Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., Kermit Weeks will host a walking tour on the Warbird Ramp for media and guests. The rich history of each aircraft will be revealed and questions will be answered.
The tour will start at the 1944 Bell P-63C Kingcobra on the Warbird Ramp, a WWII US-developed fighter, later adopted by the Soviet Union. Also included in the walking tour are a 1943 Hawker Tempest Mk2 – a British late-WWII fixed wing single-engine fighter; a 1942 Westland Lysander IIIA – a British WWII STOL liaison and observation aircraft; a 1945 Grumman Duck – the first in a long line of seaplanes built by Grumman Aircraft and a 1943 Grumman Wildcat – evolved from the Grumman F3F biplane, originally designed to be a biplane, but a major design shift in 1936 turned it into a cantilever monoplane.
After the tour (approximately 12:00 p.m.), visit Kermit in the Florida Air Museum for your own personally autographed copy of “The Spirit of Lindy.” Kermit is not only a recognized collector and philanthropist, he is an award winning author. In “The Spirit of Lindy”, Kermit features the historic Lindbergh plane to inspire youngsters to fly beyond their horizons. Illustrated by Disney-trained artists, the book is indeed a collector’s item. Weeks’ first book “All of Life is a School”, published in 2008, has sold more than 6,000 copies and continues to entertain parents and children. Both publications will be available for sale at the “Author’s Corner.”
SUN ‘n FUN’s mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages. Make plans now to be a part of year round opportunities, including entertainment and educational offerings being presented during the 39th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, April 9-14,2013, in Lakeland, Florida.