SUN ‘n FUN is one of the most adventurous aviation events in the world today, attracting participants from all around the globe. The annual international fly in and expo event provides a weeklong platform for participants and spectators to learn as much as they can about the aviation industry while having fun and enjoying the sun.
The 6-day event, which takes place in April, celebrates the past and current developments in the aviation industry, featuring more than 4,000 airplanes and 500 commercial exhibitors displaying the latest products and services available to the aviation industry.
SUN ‘n FUN is not only known for the fly in and expo, but also for supporting Central Florida Aerospace Academy and Florida Air Museum. Whether you’re a pilot or an avid aviation enthusiast, this is one event you don’t want to miss. Pack up a cooler, a lawn chair and a couple friends and head over to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport to check out these must-see activities and more.
1. FedEx Boeing 727 Tours
FedEx has donated several Boeing 727 aircraft to the SUN ‘n FUN expo. Many spectators spend their time during the weeklong event taking tours of the FedEx 727 planes. You can also watch the planes land and takeoff at Lakeland Linder Airport.
2. Tampa Bay’s Food Truck Rally
The international fly in and expo would be a disaster without food to feed the masses. Tampa Bay’s Food Truck Rally provides spectators and participants with every type of food imaginable so there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. If it can be cooked in a food truck, chances are one of the vendors it serving it.
3. Nightly Entertainment Series
When the sun goes down, the fun continues with the nightly entertainment series. This is one event you won’t want to miss. After a day in the sun, wind down in the cooler evening weather with an outdoor movie or other nightly activity on Saturday or Sunday.
4. Ridge Landing Airpark – Booth A-021
Ridge Landing Airpark is a unique aviation residential community featuring a 3000-foot paved runaway and opportunities for pilots and aviation enthusiasts a lifestyle and aircraft experience like no other. The community has access to a wide variety of aircraft and interested aviators can rent amphibians or float planes.
They also offer SUN ‘n FUN vacationers the opportunity to stay in the community and see it for themselves. Interested domestic and international pilots are welcome to rent a plane and stay at the fly in home while checking out everything Ridge Landing Airpark has to offer.
5. Air Force Enlistment Ceremony
One of the major highlights during SUN ‘n FUN 2016 is the Air Force enlistment ceremony. The ceremony has been a feature of the international fly-in and expo for several years now and provides an opportunity to show your support for the men and women who serve.
6. Aerospace Workshop
This is a workshop is designed for educators in aerospace and covers aviation as well as space activities. At the end of the workshop, participants join for a meal and discussion.
7. Ride Hoppers
You won’t find a more storied aircraft than Boeing B-17. Take this once in a lifetime opportunity to take a flight in the famous Flying Fortress.
8. Car Show
The car show is one of the major crowd-pulling activities at the expo, featuring vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles. Only 150 vehicles are allowed into the venue each day so you’re likely to see a different selection daily.
9. Ace’s Flyin’ Flix
After a long day in the sun, enjoy an evening of movies, popcorn and refreshments. Pull up a chair or lay out a blanket and enjoy a movie on the outdoor big screen. The movie lineup for SUN ‘n FUN 2016 includes Iron Eagle and other military themed films.
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If you haven’t got your tickets visit the SUN n FUN website and purchase your tickets today.
You never know what new exciting activities SUN n FUN will bring, check out these activities from previous years!
Blue Angels are part of the Flight Demonstration Squadron of the US Navy. The team is renowned for their air show performances, which attracts huge crowds as they fly through the air performing tricks and stunts.
If you love air shows, be sure to watch some of the other performers at the SUN ‘n FUN.
- Breitling Jet Team
- USAF F-22 Raptor Demo
- Navy F-18 Super Hornet Demo
- U.S Army Golden Knights
Air show performances provide the opportunity for appreciating or evaluating the piloting skills of different naval aviators. They also provide the opportunity to see a variety of planes in action.
Seaplane Splash-In Competition
What could be more fun than seaplanes and float flying? Participating seaplane pilots start with a low altitude fly-by to get spectators enthusiastic. They return from their fly-bys and participate in a variety of contests such as water-bombing and spot landing. Whether you’re participating or watching from the sidelines, you don’t want to miss this SUN ‘n FUN tradition.