April 11, 2013
By AOPA ePublishing staff
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.
Formation flyovers treat spectators at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo. How would you like to fly this close to other aircraft?
Cumulus clouds offer a perfect backdrop for the April 10 airshow in Lakeland, Fla.
Wing walker Jane Wicker goes up...
...and over during an aerobatic wing-walking routine.
Jane Wicker's act is featured in the November 2011 AOPA Pilot article, "Walking back on."
Warning: Don't try this at home!
The Flying Circus biplane waits its turn.
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.
A slower-speed version of the hair-raising passes usually performed by military flight demonstration teams, noticeably absent from many airshows this year.
Sun n Fun,
With a closing speed of about 900 knots, Air Force pilots on a training mission have seconds to aim and shoot heat-seeking and radar guided missiles at a drone target. Their success came from repeated rehearsals. But as author Larry Brown writes, “there is nothing like the real thing to gain experience.”
Red Bull Air Racing has returned for 2014, with Paul Bonhomme, twice a world champion of past years’ competitions, claiming a victory.
AOPA President Mark Baker flew four women and girls on two flights March 4 as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week activities designed to introduce more women and girls to aviation.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.