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Scenes from Sun ‘n FunScenes from Sun ‘n Fun

  • A Cessna 177RG taxies past Lakeland Linder Regional Airport's new control tower. The tower was dedicated days before Sun 'n Fun began.
  • A Sun 'n Fun Air Operations volunteer marshals a Piper PA-22-150 to parking.
  • Bright red is popular for aircraft displayed at Aviat's exhibit, including this Pitts S-2C.
  • Towering over the taxiway is this Quest Kodiak on amphibious floats.
  • Just arrived from South Carolina's Triple Tree Aerodrome is this meticulously restored Spartan Executive.
  • Late-afternoon sunlight illuminates the cylinders of this colorful North American AT-6 Texan.
  • Rolling out on Lakeland's Runway 9 is this former U.S. Navy T-28B advanced trainer.
  • This Missionary Flights International DC-3, repowered with turbine engines, is on the flight line.
  • This pilot makes camp beside a gleaming Ercoupe in the aircraft camping area.
  • Soon the grass around these homebuilts will be trampled, as pilots inspect the airplanes.
  • Scott Allen of Lakeland and his son, Garrett, age 2, watch aircraft arriving at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
  • Sun highlights the bombardier's station in the Commemorative Air Force B-17 Texas Raiders.

Warbirds, heavy haulers, vintage classics, and general aviation stalwarts took their places on ramps and grassy fields as the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo began April 5 in Lakeland, Florida. Pilots and future pilots had a lot to feast their eyes on. AOPA Pilot Technical Editor Mike Collins provides a visual tour of the 2016 edition of one of GA’s most-loved shows.

Topics: Events, Sun n Fun

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