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  • Directing arrivals to Sun 'n Fun parking.
  • The Commemorative Air Force B-17 flown by the Texas Raiders arrives at Lakeland, Fla., for Sun 'n Fun.
  • Crew and volunteers push the B-17 into its parking spot.
  • The AOPA tent is ready for visitors.
  • The Sweepstakes Debonair is stationed in front of the AOPA tent.
  • John Shepard's Lockheed 12A is polished to perfection.
  • A colorful Waco biplane.
  • Waiting for the next Sun 'n Fun arrivals.
  • Julie Vessigault cleans an Xtreme Decathlon.
  • Getting aircraft settled into the display area.
  • A pilot practices a Lazy 8 for the Redbird Challenge.
  • AOPA's Tom Horne fields questions about the Sweepstakes Debonair at Sun 'n Fun.

With plenty of sunshine in the forecast and a growing flock of general aviation aircraft descending on Lakeland, Fla., the fortieth Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo was just about ready for the April 1 opening as AOPA Technical Editor Mike Collins circled the grounds with his camera in hand. The AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair, fitted with a fresh engine, was front-and-center at the AOPA tent, and it had plenty of company.

AOPA has a new location on the grounds (easier to find), and an expanded presence with more space and more to see and do. Check out the detailed schedule of AOPA activities, including autograph sessions, flight simulator challenges, and demonstrations of the latest products and gear.

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