When the Federal government sequestration policy threatened the viability of the 39th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, partners within the State of Florida stepped up to a new challenge. Proceeds from the annual event in Lakeland have historically benefitted students and the future of aviation. That stirred a high level of interest not only in the government but in the private sector. Although SUN ‘n FUN is Florida’s largest convention and has a $64m economic impact on the I-4 corridor, it has never been supported with state involvement until this year. A presentation in Washington by Congressman Dennis Ross and visits to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport by Senator Bill Nelson (intimately familiar with the enormous contribution of the 39 year event for Florida) initiated a number of discussions in the aviation, tourism and education industries. Florida and local community partners elevated their on-going support to a level that made the event memorable for all.
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.
SUN ’n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, FL. – April 11, 2013 SUN 'n FUN is honored to have FedEx executives join local staff at the site of what has become the newest "classroom" on the SUN 'n FUN campus. On Friday, April 12, 2013, SUN 'n FUN and FedEx Express will dedicate the Boeing 727 delivered in February 2013 to the SUN 'n FUN Campus. Join us for a brief ceremony at the FedEx plane at 1:00 p.m. on Runway 5 at the Taxiway on the east side of the event grounds.
LAKELAND, FL - March 29, 2013 - 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 a variety of 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.
The new Sporty's Airshow app will enhance your experience!
Sporty’s, in partnership with SUN ‘n FUN, is releasing a free mobile app for the 39th Annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo that is now available for both Apple and Android devices.
SUN ‘n FUN 2013 will take off as scheduled with official, certified FAA Air Traffic Controllers insuring safe and expeditious handling of all arrivals and departures at Lakeland Linder Airport, April 8-15.
LAKELAND, FL - February 26, 2013 - President John R. "Lites" Leenhouts assured staff and volunteers, "It is business as usual in preparation for our annual event despite all national budget concerns. The 39th Annual SUN 'n FUN Fly-In & Expo, April 9-14, 2013, at the Lakeland Linder Airport will proceed as planned. Sponsors, exhibitors and vendors along with Airshow performers will be in place for the audiences and media entering the grounds."
On Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. a, Boeing 727-200F aircraft operated by FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) will complete its final flight as it lands at the Lakeland Linder Airport.
The SUN 'n FUN Board of Directors , staff, and volunteers are deep in the planning stages for the 39th Annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo being held April 9-14, 2013.
New Flying Club in Lakeland Florida
As SUN ’n FUN prepares for the world’s second largest aviation event held annually at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, a calendar of events showing the year-round presence of SUN ’n FUN in Lakeland, FL is being released.
SUN ‘n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, Fl. – The United States Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirds military jet team announced that the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo has been included on this year’s Thunderbirds schedule.
The SUN ’n FUN staff and Board of Directors have spoken directly with Santa and SUN ’n FUN has been added to the Elf Team from the North Pole! Twelve lucky children will find a certificate under the tree this year for an airplane ride on December 28th at SUN ’n FUN.
The grounds at SUN ‘n FUN will look very different “When Pigs Fly South” on December 1st from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Classic cars, show motorcycles and vintage aircraft will surround 20+ BBQ Masters as they compete for awards in three competitive classes.
SUN ’n FUN is proud to announce that Lori Bradner has accepted the position of Executive Director of Education. She will lead the transition of the Florida Air Museum as it becomes a world class, aviation-based, interactive educational experience.
Veterans’ events on the SUN ‘n FUN campus November 9-10, 2012, offer unique opportunities to be entertained while making a contribution to the future of students in Polk County.
SUN ’n FUN Fly-In is pleased to announce that SUN ’n FUN Radio will be partnering with FlightTime Radio to provide coverage of the 2012 US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL, January 17 - 20, 2013.
Walgreens will be out on the SUN 'n FUN Campus on on November 12th and December 10th from 10 am to 2 pm providing flu vaccinations