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Sun 'n Fun Int'l Fly-In & Expo takes to the skies over Lakeland this week

Posted at 6:23 AM, Apr 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-10 17:55:08-04

The second largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts in the world is happening in Lakeland this week for the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo. 

The six-day event runs from April 10 to April 15 and it features air shows, educational forums and aircraft displays. 

The first day started with rain and thunderstorms, but people were still walking around the event in Lakeland.

A few storms rolled through by early afternoon, leaving people to seek cover in nearby vendor tents. 

“This isn’t fair,” said Liz Drace, here for the airshow for the first time. “We’ve have good weather for months, now this on the first day of the air show.”

Drace and her husband didn’t get to watch planes in the skies, so they walked around looking at some old military airplanes on display. 

More than 250,000 people and some 3,000 planes will buzz into Lakeland making it the busiest airspace in the world over Lakeland Linder Airport on the 1,000-acre Sun 'N Fun campus. 

Sun 'n Fun funds scholarships for Polk County students interested in becoming an airplane pilot. 

Get more information about the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo here.