Sun 'n Fun
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|Legal status||501(c)(3) public charity|
|Services||Fly-ins & other aviation events|
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Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo (officially styled SUN 'n FUN) is a nonprofit organization in Lakeland, Florida dedicated to the promotion of aviation education. It is best known for the annual week-long fly-in and airshow at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Lakeland, Florida, usually held during late March or early April.
In addition to the fly-in, Sun 'n Fun also operates the Florida Air Museum and supports the Central Florida Aerospace Academy—an aviation-focused career academy operated by the Polk County School Board as part of Kathleen High School.
The event was founded in 1974 and was first organized by the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, but is now an independent corporation and not affiliated with EAA. Sun 'n Fun is primarily a volunteer organization, with a small year-round staff.
|Sun 'n Fun - Aerospace Center for Excellence, YouTube video; Polk Government Television. retrieved 20 July 2018|
In April 2010 Sun 'n Fun received a US$7.5M grant from the Aviation Education Foundation for the new Central Florida Aerospace Academy building. The school is an existing aviation-oriented high school and career academy that is already located on the airport grounds. Completed in August 2011 it accommodates 500 high school students, increasing its current capacity of 175 students.
In 1992 The Sun 'n Fun Air Museum (now the Florida Air Museum) held its grand opening. In 1997 the Brazilian Air Force's Aerial Demonstration Squadron (known as the Smoke Squadron) was the featured act. In 2000 Airshow legend Bob Hoover performed the last flight of his Shrike Commander at the fly-in. Two years later Bobby Younkin debuted the world's first aerobatic Learjet. During the 2004 show Bruce Bohannon and his turbocharged Exxon Flyin' Tiger set four time to climb world records. The 2006 show marked the first civilian appearance of the new USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft.
In 2011 on March 31, an EF1 tornado hit the grounds of the airshow, resulting in damage to 40-50 aircraft, along with display tents and exhibits. Fifteen people received minor injuries. The airshow continued the next day. The 2015 show featured the first US performance of the Breitling Jet Team. In 2017 the show featured the French Air Force Patrouille de France aerobatic team, making it the second appearance in the US (the first being at the Melbourne Air And Space Show on April 1–3) in more than 30 years. The team flew one show on April 4.
- "History". SUN 'n FUN. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "Exempt Organizations Select Check". Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
EIN:59-2803958, Legal name:Sun N Fun Fly in Inc., City:Lakeland, State:FL, Country:United States, Deductability status:PC ("Public charity")
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