SUN ‘n FUN 2011 kicks off, even as scores of planes — yours truly included — remain scattered around at airports up to hundreds of miles away, trying to beat the storm system that’s prevented them from making it to Lakeland, FL so far. *** The big airshow’s big boss, John Burton, promises an impressive line up: *** * Blue Angels performances four different days, highlighting the celebration of the 100th anniversary of naval aviation *** * a 20-year retrospective on Desert Storm *** * a 10-year commemoration of September 11, 2001 *** * the formal opening of the new Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) on the SUN ’n FUN campus. *** * F-22 Raptor flight three different days *** * AvBid Airplane Auctions *** * Hot Air Balloon Launch at dawn, Saturday, April 2 *** * Daily and nightly airshows with fireworks *** * AOPA “Rally GA” Day *** * Lindbergh Foundation Awards for electric-powered flight advances *** * “Green Space” Exhibit of environmentally friendly, aviation-related products and services, anchored by Lindbergh Foundation. *** * 75th Anniversary Cub Convoy mass arrival to SUN ’n FUN, Monday, March 28. *** And of course all the mix of colorful booths, new aircraft (including new LSA) and a whole lot more.Be there or be square! *** Speaking of square, I may have to pull the plug, rent a car and drive the last 500 miles from Sparta, TN…but I’m hanging in until the last minute because it would sure feel a lot better to land in the same Dakota Cub I started out in.
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