Sun 'n Fun returns to Lakeland; Blue Angels arrive Thursday

The skies over Lakeland are getting busier as the annual Sun ‘n Fun fly-in returns this week. Hundreds of aircraft, from home-built kits to vintage planes to top-of-the-line fighter jets, are participating in the 45th edition of the airshow at Lakeland Linder Airport.

Sun ‘n Fun is the second-largest airshow of its kind. It benefits aerospace education programs in central Florida, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship funds every year.

This year’s show officially kicks off today, though some performers – including this year’s headliners, the Navy’s Blue Angels – won’t arrive for another day or two.

The Blue Angels roar into town Thursday afternoon and perform at the end of each day Thursday through Sunday. 

Other highlights include a nighttime drone light show on Wednesday, a hot air balloon launch early Saturday, and a variety of stuntplane and other performers. Many aircraft will also be on static display around the airport grounds.

The show is very busy and can get crowded. You’ll want to plan your trip ahead of time. Visit the Sun ‘n Fun website for ticket prices, schedules, parking info, and more.

LINK: Sun 'n Fun website

Meanwhile, a small private plane made a rough landing at the airport Tuesday. The nose gear of a twin-engine Beachcraft Barron collapsed and the aircraft skidded to a stop. The two people onboard were not hurt.