April 11, 2013
By Julie Summers Walker
Some 35 varieties of seaplanes flew in for the day.
Sitting in the sun or under shade, the splash-in offered a welcome quiet relief from the hustle and bustle of the main show at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Lake Agnes is located in Polk City at the Fantasy of Flight Museum, a 30-minute drive from the Sun ’n Fun grounds. Shuttles take visitors back and forth.
The skies were blue, the air hot but not steamy—a perfect day for the Sun ’n Fun Splash-In except for one thing: the wind. Some 35 varieties of seaplanes flew in for the day to participate in the grapefruit bomb drop and spot landing contests, and to enjoy a day on Florida’s Lake Agnes.
Unfortunately the wind picked up as the contests began, and some of the smaller aircraft had to drop out. The fans, however, were quite content. Sitting in the sun or under shade, the splash-in offered a welcome quiet relief from the hustle and bustle of the main show at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
The famous and well-attended Seabird Banquet takes place the evening of April 11.
AOPA Director of Publications and Managing Editor for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training, Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.
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