Sun 'n Fun Wrap: Plenty Of Both

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Sun 'n Fun finished up with a spectacular weekend in Lakeland, Fla., as the perfect weather combined with pack-em-in crowds to end the event on a high note. The weekend schedule was filled with crowd-pleasers, from a pyrotechnic air show on Saturday night to a stately balloon launch on Sunday morning. Fly-bys and demo flights filled the sky nonstop, with sounds from roaring jets to blatting radials to punchy opposed pistons, plus the occasional silent sailplane. Officially, the show ends today, but already many of the vendors and exhibitors are packed up and headed home. Reports on attendance numbers and sales -- as the industry keeps hoping for signs of an upswing -- should be available later in the week.