Sun ’n Fun airshow wows crowds

April 11, 2013

Pilots nationwide and spectators from the Lakeland, Fla., area flocked to the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in anticipation of the daily airshows and other happenings at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. The daily airshows are shorter this year to accommodate more fly-in traffic and make up for the cancellation of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ appearance because of sequestration. Still, the airshow lineup was packed with 16 acts listed for April 10. Visitors were treated to formation flights, warbird acts, wing walking, and more.

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    Formation flyovers treat spectators at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo. How would you like to fly this close to other aircraft?

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    Cumulus clouds offer a perfect backdrop for the April 10 airshow in Lakeland, Fla.

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    Wing walker Jane Wicker goes up...

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    ...and over during an aerobatic wing-walking routine.

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    Jane Wicker's act is featured in the November 2011 AOPA Pilot article, "Walking back on."

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    Warning: Don't try this at home!

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    The Flying Circus biplane waits its turn.

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    The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds may have had to cancel their Sun 'n Fun appearance because of sequestration, but warbirds step up to fill the void.

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    A slower-speed version of the hair-raising passes usually performed by military flight demonstration teams, noticeably absent from many airshows this year.