Originally organized in 1974 as a weekend-long event, the annual EAA fly-in at Lakeland, Fla. has continued to grow in size and stature each year since.
Known in the industry as Sun ‘n Fun, this annual spring gathering—which changed to a full week’s event in 1976 and has remained that way ever since—kicks off the aviation airshow season with lots of opening thunder.
With a relatively humble beginning in 1975 that counted slightly less than 2,000 visitors and 365 participating aircraft, the Sun ‘n Fun organization (sun-n-fun.org) reports that in 2004 there were an estimated 160,000 people, nearly 5,000 aircraft and a record number of commercial exhibitors participating in the weeklong event.
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