Experience the thunderous roar of the Thunderbirds as they display the pride, precision, and professionalism the U.S. Air Force represents at the return of the 48th annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo! Join us as we kick off this thrilling aviation season! This week-long event is “Where It’s At” and engages spectators and participants alike.


As the largest convention in Florida, the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo brings together the great minds of the aviation industry and its hobbyists. Explore our event of over 500 exhibitors, hands-on workshops teaching hundreds of building and maintenance skills, dozens of forums educating pilots and maintainers about safety, and many other timely topics they’ll never be a dull moment.


“The Aerospace Center for Excellence is the heart and soul of our existence. The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo makes it possible for us to meet our mission to ENGAGE, EDUCATE, and ACCELERATE the next generation of aerospace professionals,” explains President and CEO John “Lites” Leenhouts. “Providing STEM education is more important than ever with an optimistic growth projection in store for STEM-related careers.”


At the Aerospace Center for Excellence, all students can engage with the future of STEM, AeroSTEM, and aviation by directly interacting with hands-on activities led by some of the brightest and best professionals in the world. Once here, our youth and adult aviators receive education in just about any topic imaginable on the world’s first purposely built STEM, AeroSTEM, and aviation campus ecosystem, including the Ramus SkyLab Innovation Center! Forty-seven years in the making, this generation’s dream is gaining the momentum needed to stay ahead of the curve!


Support The Mission

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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