As the 2018 show reaches its halfway point, Sun ‘n Fun President Lites Leenhouts reported an increase in attendance, revenue and high vendor satisfaction from years past. Attendance as of Wednesday was around 125,000, exceeding Leenhouts’ expectations.
JSfirm hosted a career fair Wednesday and 14 companies were hiring on the spot. The fair was so successful it will be moved out of the museum next year into a larger location, and more companies will be in attendance.
Another camping area has been created on the north side of the airport to accommodate an increase in campers. A shuttle was created to bring attendees between the camping area and the show. Airbus, a Sun ‘n Fun sponsor, has redirected one of its satellites to take a high-resolution photo of the show grounds at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Flight to the Future will be held Thursday night to raise money to create scholarships for the Aerospace Center for Excellence. Thursday’s airshow will begin at 1 p.m. and although the Thunderbirds could not attend, Leenhouts guarantees a full show every day for the rest of the show, including performances from a Superhornet and Viper.
If you were looking forward to seeing a F-22 and F-35, Leenhouts said the odds of them arriving are shrinking by the hour. Stay tuned for more updates.