July 18, 2023 |

We are proud to kick off the 50th Celebration of SUN ‘n FUN 2024 with our NEW Poster!

We are FLY-IN HAPPY and grateful to the aviation community for our roots and our wings. 

An idea became a reality back in 1975 when numerous aviation communities came together to showcase flying machines to their friends and fellow aviation enthusiasts on the north side of Lakeland Linder International Airport.  That idea grew into a world-class, international event through the efforts of countless volunteers, pioneers, pilots, and community members.  The results of those efforts forged a state-of-the-art aviation center with educational laboratories, museum, and high school; as well as becoming an aviation destination for those with a passion for aviation. 

The mission then and our mission now is to engage and educate while preserving our heritage and inspiring the next generation.  We truly are FLY-IN HAPPY! April 9 – 14, 2024 SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo.

Here are just a few nostalgic elements you will find in the artwork:

  1. Elements from the very first SUN ‘n FUN Program Book in 1974
  2. Aviation Pioneers – Bill Henderson and Paul Poberezny created a legacy which forged a small grassroots aviation gathering into the beginnings of the world-class aviation expo SUN ‘n FUN is today.
  3. SUN ‘n FUN Pioneer – Freddie Quinn, who was instrumental in the development of SUN ‘n FUN’s first Air Operation Plan ensuring safe aircraft ground operations.
  4. Ms. Adair, former airplane of Billie Henderson
  5. The P-51 of Stallion 51 Flight Operations. From airshow performances to scholarships, Lee Lauderback’s contributions span many decades of SUN ‘n FUN
  6. The US Air Force Thunderbirds – have been flying over the skies of Lakeland for almost 15 years and brings a level of airshow excellence at SUN ‘n FUN that is unmatched!

Get your official copy at AirVenture – July 24-31, 2023.

Artwork was designed by the SUN ‘n FUN’s graphic designer, Melissa Goodson.

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