Sun ’n Fun 2013 opens

April 8, 2013

Pilots from around the country already are descending on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. Known as the spring break for pilots, Sun ’n Fun signals the start of the flying season for many. AOPA’s Sweepstakes Debonair has arrived for the show, ready for AOPA members’ inspection of the work that’s been done so far.

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    A banner is hung to identify the AOPA sweepstakes Debonair.

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    Aircraft parking volunteers prepare for the rush of arrivals.

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    Blue paint on this Pitts Special still smells fresh.

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    Bright red engine cowls adorn a Grumman Widegon.

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    Conversations occur everywhere--like the nose of this Navion.

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    Fly-in volunteers look at a Piaggio P180 turboprop.

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    Pushing the sweepstakes Debonair into position at the AOPA tent.

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    Reflections are seen in the polished aft fuselage of this Epic.

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    Stearman parking begins on Row 3 in the Antiques and Classics area.

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    This Cessna Cardinal RG taxis at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

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    Two Army Aviation Heritage Foundation helicopters arrive in Lakeland.

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    Two Stearman biplanes fly an overhead arrival pattern.

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    Wade McNabb cleans a classic Staggerwing displayed at the Beechcraft exhibit.

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    Wings fold on this SB2C5 Helldiver to save space.