The Top Central Florida Air Shows for 2016

The temperate weather in Florida means we are blessed with air shows year-round, and if your family loves to be entertained by the friendly skies, 2016 has quite a few events worth checking out.

US Navy Blue Angels Photos by: Carol Garreans
US Navy Blue Angels Photos by: Carol Garreans

Here are the ones to add to your calendar:

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41st SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In Lights Up the Skies of Lakeland April 21-26, 2015

Aviation fans will want to check out this year’s SUN ‘n FUN when it returns to Linder Airport in Lakeland April 21-26.

A wide variety of planes can be seen at Sun ’n Fun, including these beautiful DC-3’s and other historic and modern aircraft. Photo: Kirk Garreans
A wide variety of planes can be seen at Sun ’n Fun, including these beautiful DC-3’s and other historic and modern aircraft. Photo: Kirk Garreans

Throughout the week, there will be impressive airshows during the day from the likes of the Breitling Jet Team from France (April 21, 24, & 25) and the USAF Thunderbirds (April 25 & 26). There will also be night airshows on April 22 and 25 (this date includes fireworks).

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Still Time to Catch Sun ‘n Fun Airshow in Lakeland

Many manufacturers have their airplanes on display, including these Kodiak planes made by Quest Aircraft. Photo: Kirk Garreans
Many manufacturers have their airplanes on display, including these Kodiak planes made by Quest Aircraft.           Photo: Kirk Garreans

If you’re looking for a fun family outing this weekend, the Sun ‘n Fun Airshow will be in Lakeland through Sunday, April 6.

Skydivers will open the festival each morning, dropping into Linder Airport with the U.S. flag. On Saturday, there will also be a hot air balloon launch early in the morning.

In the afternoon, there are airshows, with special performances by the US Navy Blue Angels. All day long there will be a car and motorcycle show in addition to the aviation events.

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Out and About: Sun ‘n Fun Opening Day in Lakeland

Restored warbirds sit on the flight line. Photo: Kirk Garreans
Restored warbirds sit on the flight line. Photo: Kirk Garreans

It’s that time again!

April 1st was not only April Fool’s Day, but was also opening day! No, not baseball – I’m talking about the opening day for the Sun ‘n Fun airshow at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL.

For those of us that are addicted to the beauty and thrill of flying, this is one of the best airshows in the country. You baseball fans can keep your peanuts, popcorn and cracker jacks – I’ll stick with the sound of spinning props, the roar of jet engines, and the smell of gas and jet fuel, thank you very much!

This year they are celebrating the airshow’s 40th anniversary, which seems to grow larger every year. There is so much to see that it is almost impossible to see everything at the show in a single day. From the old faithful warbirds to the latest experimental and homebuilt planes – even flying cars are on exhibit! There is literally something for anyone even remotely interested in aviation or even thrill-seeking spectators. There are exhibits spread throughout the airfield, with everything from spare parts for vintage airplanes to electronic navigation aids, flight simulators, and so much more.

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40th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo Returns to Lakeland April 1-6, 2014

If you have any interest in aviation, then you’ll want to attend the 40th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo at the Linder Airport in Lakeland from April 1-6.

40th Annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & ExpoYou’ll want to get there early in the morning for the daily skydivers arriving with the U.S. flag, then each afternoon, there will be exhibitions of both military and civilian aircraft, as well as airshows to thrill everyone. In the evenings, there will be live entertainment, and a nightly aviation or space themed movie.

The weekend gets even more exciting with performances by the US Navy Blue Angels on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, and a car and motorcycle show on Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be a hot air balloon launch Saturday morning, and a special night airshow and fireworks that evening at dusk.

All week long, there will be plenty of opportunities to see rare planes, and there will also be a Kids Zone with a pay-per-use fun zone of inflatables, zip line, and more.

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Out and About: A Family Day at the Lakeland Sun’n’Fun International Fly-In Weekend

This year’s Sun’n’Fun event in Lakeland got off to a rough start as a strong storm last Thursday (March 31) caused damage to several planes and temporary structures.

However, they quickly cleaned up and they re-opened Friday morning, continuing the event schedule through to close on Sunday (April 3).

Our own Carol Garreans and her family attended the event and she took the following photos during the day:

Ready for Take-Off!

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