Mark your calendars for aviation’s season opener! The 42nd Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo presented by VISIT FLORIDA and Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is April 5-10, 2016 in sunny Lakeland, Florida.
2016 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo Honors Our Armed Forces
This year’s theme is Honoring Our Armed Forces. 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 in Lakeland. 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.
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 2016 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
The highlight of the week will take place at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 when a Flight to Honor will return along with much fanfare from Washington D.C. carrying WWII and Korean War veterans.
Over 50 airshow performers have been scheduled, including:
- Breitling Jet Team
- U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
- U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet Demo
- USAF F-16 Viper demo
- USMC aerial demo
- U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue demos
- U.S. Navy Legacy Flight – back after three years, a dramatic formation flight with modern tactical jet and vintage WWII fighters!
- Daily Vintage Warbird Flying Showcase featuring EAA Warbirds of America
- U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight
Event attractions include improved and increased flightline viewing areas, daily autograph session with performers, Thunder Alley Vintage Jet Display, Warbirds in Review showcase series, B-1 Bomber static display, and much more. And, making its first appearance at SUN ‘n FUN will be the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter! A twilight midweek airshow is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. The evening program on Saturday, April 9 will include fireworks with a night air show.
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will present a high-energy demonstration of the excitement and spectacle patrons can expect when they attend one of the eight races taking place around the world in 2016. Flying at top speed around the signature 80-foot pylons in an abbreviated course, Master Class Red Bull Air Race pilots Michael Goulian and Kirby Chambliss will showcase their skill and daring for the fans at SUN ‘n FUN. While not an actual race, viewers of this example will learn how the races operate with regard to scoring, rules and timing.
Fans will also be treated to a Red Bull Air Race World Championship exhibit on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus grounds with tours of a full scale pylon, virtual reality simulators, merchandise and more. Ticketing will be available onsite for the two 2016 U.S. races in Indianapolis and Las Vegas later this year.
The Red Bulls are scheduled to appear during the April 8, 9 and 10 afternoon airshows, weather permitting.
Read more about the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Demo in News.
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 #SnF16 and #LoveFL on social media while posting about the Fly-In. Read about Lakeland, Florida.Accommodations Discounts
Air show and workshop schedules, camping reservations, registration for activities, and ticketing information can be found on the SUN ‘n FUN website at www.sun-n-fun.org.