Sun 'n Fun Opens Next Week

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The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo launches next week in Lakeland, Fla., with a robust schedule of forums, news events, and flight demos. The show, in its 37th year, runs from Tuesday through Sunday, with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of naval aviation, recognition for mission aviation, and the return of the popular Friday night airshow. Other highlights include flight demos by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the F-22 Raptor, programs hosted by NASA Space Shuttle Commander Robert "Hoot" Gibson and former SR-71 pilot Cmdr. Ed Schneider, a seaplane splash-in, and a hot-air balloon launch. Pilots can choose from 450 educational forums and shop for new products from more than 500 commercial exhibitors. AVweb staffers will be there, bringing you fresh news, videos, and podcasts every day of the show.

The show will also feature the third annual Lindbergh Foundation forum on Thursday, March 31, with a look at the development of alternative fuels and electric-powered aircraft. An airplane auction is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Vintage warbirds from the Commemorative Air Force and EAA Warbirds of America will participate in fly-bys all week long. For all the details about the show, and info for pilots who are planning to fly in, go to the official website. And watch your inbox all next week for AVweb's daily reports.