Boat Break- Fun N Sun 2015

We are not going to be making it out to the boat this weekend but as the saying goes.  “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Lori and I were luck enough to attend Fun N Sun,   a fly in airshow in Lakeland Florida with friends and family.

One of our wristbands to the event...  Thank you Di and Bunk for everything.

One of our wristbands to the event… Thank you Di and Bunk for everything.

If you have never attended an airshow let me say they are fun.   They have static displays in addition to flight demonstrations.  This show is even better as it is at a private facility and a large percentage of the attendants fly in for the show.  All the static displays arrived under their own power.

Here are a few.

B-24

B-24

B-24 rear end.

B-24 rear end.

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?

I think this is a TBF Avenger

I think this is a TBF Avenger

Avenger

Avenger

C-47

C-47

P-51

P-51

F4u Corsair

F4u Corsair

There were also a ton of non military planes on display, all of which we could walk around and look at and touch if desired.

Private Acrobatic plane

Private Acrobatic plane

A lot of the private planes were for sale.

As we walked around there were acrobatic demonstrations going on,  old warbirds, new biplanes, commuter planes, helocopters, all types.

C-47 Flyby

C-47 Flyby

Of course the the highlight of the day was the AirForce Thunderbirds flying their F-16s.

Thunderbirds.

Thunderbirds.

They were great.  Starting their show at 5pm and going for quite a while.

After the the Thunderbirds we got to witness the spectacle of all the folks that flew in rushing to get out of the airport before dark as they close the airport after dark for the fly in and some folks did not wish to spend the night.

This included some of the larger planes including the B-17.

B-17 moving down the flightline.

B-17 moving down the flightline.

 

Note that spectators are still close by.

As we were sitting sitting in a tent a lot of planes taxied by on their way out to the runway.

 

After things quieted down a bit we took all hopped in the back of Bunk and Di’s truck for the ride back to their place.   The ride back gives you a hint of the scale of the event.

Note the tents set up by a large number of planes so their pilots could stay the night.

After getting back their puppy was thrilled to see use.

Pig like dog

Hugo the dog

What a spectacular time.   A must do.

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3 thoughts on “Boat Break- Fun N Sun 2015

  1. Good Stuff! I love Air Shows. I believe the plane above with the question Mark (with the checkerboard tail) is a P-47 Thunderbolt.. I take my whole family out on S/V Dulcinea every 4th of July, to include my 83 year old mom, to watch the Air Show! We always have a blast! http://www.Nautabytes.com

    • I also thought it was a P-47. Lori’s great uncle was lost over France in one. Took that picture and then walked around front and it had the wrong motor, small like a Zero. Some type of trainer or I think. Did not get a shot of the front or sign as the rest of our party had moved on towards the Corsair.

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