Airshows and Aircraft

Balloon Launch

Airshows and Aircraft

Balloon Launch

Balloon Launch

Hot Air Balloon Launch

Hot Air Balloon activities are very popular at SUN ‘n FUN.  Activities include:
Daily limited  demonstration flights from Paradise City (Light Sport) field by commercial firms – usually at 7:00 a.m.

Saturday at dawn is the “big” event! Balloons will be launched from the main flight line in a traditional “Hare and Hound” race. As the name suggests, this event involves chasing a single airship after it takes off. This airship acts as the “hare” and floats in the air for a short while before other balloons are allowed to take off. The balloons that follow are the “hounds”, and the winning balloon is the one who lands closest to the “hare”. This is a sight you won’t want to miss, but you’ll have to get up early.

Saturday’s Balloon launch takes place
between 6:30-8:00 a.m.

Check out the BALLOON GLOW during our night air shows!


Hot air balloon pilots carry an FAA issued pilot’s license in the “Lighter than Air” Category. In addition to passing the traditional written tests, a pilot is specially trained in balloon mechanics, safety, procedures, and the unique flight characteristics of balloons. Rated as either Private or Commercial, pilot competence can only be attained by extensive experience in actual flight.

Are you a Balloonist?

Are you a balloonist who would like to participate in the upcoming event?  Please download the Pilot Technical Record Requirement form and bring it with you to SUN ‘n FUN. Also, please review the Documentation Requirements to insure your participation during the event.


Tom and Jessica Warren, Co-Chairs

(813) 243-9507

Register to participate in the
SUN ‘n FUN Balloon Race

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The mission of the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is to “Engage, Educate, and Accelerate the Next Generation of Aerospace Professionals. The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo and dozens of other events year-round produce the majority of the revenue that goes into supporting this mission. By attending our events, you are helping us deliver top-quality, industry-leading STEM education and scholarship programs to thousands of young men and women each year. The opportunities that ACE provides give young people a competitive edge as they navigate their educational journey that can ultimately lead to a rewarding career in the world’s incredibly diverse and rapidly growing aerospace industry. You can help! Please click the links below to explore how you can share your knowledge and expertise as a volunteer in over 3500 available positions, become a patron of the Florida Air Museum, or donate to assist us financially. Regardless of how you assist, whether by attending our events, visiting the museum or donating financially, we sincerely appreciate your support!

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