Have you ever felt the heat from a wall of fire? At the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in and Expo, April 10th – 15th, you will be able to experience the intensity of one of U.S. history’s momentous events – the attack on Pearl Harbor. Presented by the Commemorative Air Force, the TORA! TORA! TORA! recreation is complete with authentic Japanese aircraft and lots of pyrotechnics including an award winning wall of fire. Flying for the first time at SUN ‘n FUN, the TORA! TORA! TORA! spectacular is a performance you won’t want to miss. TORA! TORA! TORA! is currently scheduled to perform Saturday and Sunday.
Always a crowd favorite, the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform Saturday and Sunday. Continue to check www.flysnf.org as the airshow performance list of over 60 performers continues to grow. There are 2 night shows on Wednesday and Saturday and nothing compares to the quiet peacefulness of the Balloon liftoff early Saturday morning.
Sun ‘n FUN is the first stop of the Grunt Style Airshow Majors tour. The mission of the Grunt Style Air Show Majors is to celebrate aviation, honor the military, and increase mainstream awareness of the air show industry.
As a pilot, how do you see it all? Best suggestion – come early!! Tuesday thru Friday are the best days to speak with the 500+ aviation vendors and exhibitors about new products and just-released technology. Many companies have already scheduled their press announcements for release at SUN ‘n FUN so you will be guaranteed to be the first to know. There are many new exhibitors including Airbus who will feature a 360 degree virtual reality experience. The schedule for Forums and Workshops continues to expand with a renewed focus on technology.
There are detailed Arrival Procedures already available on www.flysnf.org to plan your trip. An FBO Special Fuel Discount list, and even a “Share a Flight” forum are also available. Camping amenities have been expanded and upgraded on the SUN ‘n FUN campus this year too.
The SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo is the largest fundraising event for The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). As a 501 (c)3 organization, it operates and/or funds over $2M annually in STEM-related educational programs and scholarships that make a difference both locally and nationally. More than 60 teenage private pilots have gotten their wings and 45 mechanics have their A&P licenses through this program. Over 200,000 attendees from 80 countries enjoy the spectacle of the daily airshow as well as 500 exhibitors, education forums and the like. The proceeds from the Fly-In provides venues of opportunities that excite today’s youth by exposing them to the technologies that will prepare them for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. SUN ‘n Fun accomplishes this feat in one week through strategic corporate, association, and university partnerships along with 3,500 volunteers. For more information – www.flysnf.org.
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