Mark your calendars for aviation’s season opener during the 44th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly- In & Expo presented by VISIT FLORIDA from April 10-15 in beautiful Lakeland.
2018 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo presented by VISIT FLORIDA
Fly- In or drive- in, you are not going to want to miss the once in a lifetime chances SUN ‘n FUN is going to bring to you in 2018.
The world-renowned USAF Thunderbirds will return to the SUN ‘n FUN stage this year. The team will perform Friday- Sunday.
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The Paradigm Team is made up of pilots from the United States, Spain, & France. Their ultralight paramotors allow them to create an engaging performance reminiscent of an aerial three ring circus as the 6 pilots to showcase the incredible maneuverability, precision, and performance of this relatively modern method of flight.
The Para-Commandos are the US Special Operations Command’s premier aerial parachute demonstration team. They perform at high visibility events across the nation, informing the public about the US Special Operations Command; the command’s mission, and the contributions our 70,000 plus Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Department of Defense Civilians are making across the United States and in more than 70 countries around the globe.
The Para-Commandos are comprised of active duty Special Operators, such as Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Air Force Combat Controllers and Marine Raiders.
Balloon events during SUN ‘n FUN include limited daily demonstration flights from the Light Plane field by commercial firms – usually at 7:00 a.m.
Saturday is the “big” event! Balloons will be launched in a traditional “Hare and Hound” race. As the name suggests, this event involves chasing a single airship after it takes off. This airship acts as the “hare” and floats in the air for a short while before other balloons are allowed to take off. The balloons that follow are the “hounds”, and the winning balloon is the one who lands closest to the “hare”. This is a sight you won’t want to miss, but you’ll have to get up early.
The Balloon launch (weather permitting) takes place between 6:30-8:00 a.m., Check out the BALLOON GLOW during our night air shows!
Active military personnel with appropriate ID will receive free admission Tuesday – Thursday, and discounted tickets Friday – Sunday at the gate. Retired military with appropriate ID will receive discounted tickets Tuesday – Sunday at the gate.
- Active Military with appropriate I.D. will receive free entry to the 2017 Fly-In Tuesday – Thursday (April 5-7)
- Active Military with appropriate I.D. can purchase a daily admission ticket for $30 Friday – Sunday (April 8-10)
- Retired Military with I.D. or DD-214 form and photo I.D. can purchase a daily admission ticket for only $30 any day and every day during the Fly-In
- Adult Admission Weekly: $150.00
- Adult Admission Daily: $37.00
- Youth (11-17) Admission Weekly: $60.00
- Youth (11-17) Admission Daily: $15.00
- 10 & Under are Free
In the Southeast Exhibit Area, guests will find hospitality at the International Visitors Center and Veterans Plaza. On Saturday and Sunday, classic cars and motorcycles will be in the area showcasing collections circa 1974 and older.
The 9/27 Club VIP hospitality with flightline seating is available for purchase again this year.
Attendees are encouraged to use hashtags #SnF18 and #LoveFL on social media while posting about the Fly-In. Read about Lakeland, Florida.Accommodations Discounts
The Fly-In is SUN ‘n FUN’s largest fundraiser for the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 25-acre, 11 building campus dedicated to aerospace and STEM education. Approximately 200,000 guests, exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors and performers are expected to attend. Proceeds from the event support numerous community activities in addition to ACE.
Air show and workshop schedules, camping reservations, registration for activities, and ticketing information can be found on the SUN ‘n FUN website at flysnf.org.